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Opinion - Chiefs can't run away from this criticism after links with KZN-based attacker

Kaizer Chiefs are seemingly not done signing players in this transfer window after bringing on board seven new players in the off-season.

Another attacking player, Pule Mmodi of Golden Arrows could be Chiefs-bound after reports emerged that Amakhosi are front-runners for signature.

The Naturena-based have been linked with the signing of Mmodi in this transfer window and it has now been revealed that they have first preference on the 28-year old winger, although they are yet to agree terms with the KwaZulu-Natal side.

“The first club that we have been talking to about Mmodi is Kaizer Chiefs and they continue to have the first option on this deal," a source was quoted as saying by SABCSport.

"They have shown serious interest from the word go and it’s only fair that we give them the first option.

“We will only start considering other offers when nothing comes out of these negotiations but, for now, we will have to keep it there," the source added.

The deal of Mmodi to Chiefs could be as good as done but the only stumbling block is reportedly the transfer fee.

Amakhosi seem to be following head coach Arthur Zwane's recommendations after declaring that they need to change their style of play, from long balls by signing players who are comfortable on the ball in their feet.

“We don’t want to play football with fear, a Kaizer Chiefs player must not be afraid of losing the ball because there are three moments which you have to use, without the ball and counter-pressing, all those things,” Zwane said, per iDiski Times.

"We can’t come here playing at home, kick it forward and then we lose it, then opposition are on top of us, those days are gone. We have the following, support, everyone is behind us – so they want to watch something that is pleasing to the eye.

“Gone are the days we bring in players to Kaizer Chiefs just because he’s a good player, he can be a good player but not for Kaizer Chiefs, so we will go specifically for players who will suit our style of play.”

The Amakhosi management have backed up Zwane from the players that were released, as they parted ways with strikers like Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro, who were both particularly responsible for the criticism the club received of playing long balls due to their characteristics as aerial specialists.

Chiefs have lived up to Zwane's word by signing ball players like Yusuf Maart, Siyethemba Sithebe and Kamohelo Mahlatsi to mention a few and have also signed speedy forward Ashley Du Preez and another explosive player Dillan Solomons.

Mmodi could add to the list of players signed by Amakhosi, who are "pleasing on the eye". However, the Glamour Boys still need strikers who have physical presence and aerial prowess.

Football is a dynamic sport, even if Chiefs can switch to possession-based style of play, they still need to balance the squad by getting physical specimen upfront.

Manchester City have been criticized in the past for lacking a natural striker and have gone on to finally sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

Even here in the PSL Mamelodi Sundowns are a possession-based team but they have the likes of Pavol Safranko, who can be able to give them another dimension in a different game scenario.

If Chiefs don't sign a physically imposing striker(s), they won't run away from the criticism that they are one-dimensional and incomplete.

By Thato Bosoga

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