Nale im­presses Leop­ards

Ex-Chiefs striker in talks with the club

Sowetan - - Sport - By Sihle Nde­bele

Black Leop­ards coach Joel Ma­sutha has given an indi­ca­tion that the club might sign for­got­ten winger Abia Nale, sub­ject to him agree­ing per­sonal terms with Li­doda Du­vha man­age­ment. Nale, 32, last ex­pe­ri­enced a top-flight match in Jan­uary, play­ing only three min­utes for the now-de­funct Plat­inum Stars in their 2-0 league loss to Or­lando Pi­rates. The for­mer Kaizer Chiefs at­tacker has been train­ing with Leop­ards for some weeks now, aim­ing to earn a deal to res­ur­rect his foot­ball ca­reer.

“I be­lieve that the man­age­ment of the team is speak­ing to him [Nale]. I will be talk­ing to him af­ter our game against Chiefs (last night). I would re­ally love to have him in the team. He has been do­ing very well in train­ing. I was im­pressed. It will now de­pend on the ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween him and the club.

“I will come back to you when the de­ci­sion is taken. But one thing for sure is that he can add value to the team. With his ex­pe­ri­ence, he can also be a good leader to our young­sters in the team.”

The Venda-based club is also as­sess­ing an­other for­mer Dik­wena and Chiefs mid­fielder Eno­cent Mkha­bela and exBaroka cen­tre-back Mzwanele Ma­hashe as they try to find so­lu­tions amid their rather unin­spir­ing start to the sea­son. But Ma­sutha re­mains pos­i­tive that Leop­ards won’t be counted among rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened clubs this sea­son.

Abia Nale

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