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Opinion: Sundowns to give Nange's career a lifeline at Chiefs?

Mamelodi Sundowns could make Phathutshedzo Nange a favour if reports regarding their tussle with Kaizer Chiefs are anything to go by.

Nange was one of the fortunate players who were signed by Chiefs and had to go straight into the line-up, as he did not have competition in his position, together with Cole Alexander. 

Chiefs had a threadbare midfield last term as they could not sign players due to the FIFA transfer ban under former coach Gavin Hunt and the situation was so bad that Hunt converted players like Bernard Parker and Njabulo Blom to hold the fort in the engine room.

Despite the opportunity to start his career as a sure starter at Amakhosi, especially after veteran midfielder Willard Katsande's contract was not renewed and the likes of Anthony Akumu and Kearyn Baccus were have not been raising their hands.

Nange is yet to set the scene alight in the Chiefs shirt, at an era where they club is in a rebuilding phase and a lot is expected from him, playing as a new signing in a special position, as one of the playmakers.

There has been reports that the Naturena-based side has earmarked Sekhukhune United midfielder Yusuf Maart as a potential signing next year, something that could make fans happy, as there could be better competition in midfield positions. 

However, it could mean something different for Nange if Chiefs get Maart, as the Sekhukhune midfielder is already in the Bafana fold and given his natural ability on the ball, he could make that attacking midfield position his own.

According to Soccer Laduma, Mamelodi Sundowns have entered the race for Maart's signature and given their deep pockets, as they've shown appetite to bolster their squad by buying contracted players, as opposed to Chiefs, they could have a better chance of landing the Bafana Bafana midfielder.

In the previous transfer window, Amakhosi were reportedly in the same race as Sundowns for Njabulo Ngcobo's services, who was still contracted to Swallows but the Glamour Boys won the race mainly because of their mutual relationship with the Birds chairman, David Mogashoa.

Also perhaps Chiefs have identified that their midfield is far from being a finished product if they want to compete for major titles, as they have already been outclassed by Sundowns on the pitch this season.

And the conversion of Njabulo Ngcobo from defence to midfield could indicate that Baxter is not exactly happy with the output from his midfielders and Nange is certainly one of the players who still need to come to the party. 

If Amakhosi get Maart, Nange will no longer be a guaranteed starter and Sundowns will do him a huge favour if they sign the Babina Noko midfielder ahead of Chiefs.

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