The Kaizer Chiefs are close to finalizing a contract with a forward who will play the number nine position.
Chiefs cautious in number nine hunt.
The Kaizer Chiefs are still struggling to bring in a new man to lead their forward line in time for the upcoming season, and they are now caught up in a series of negotiations.
Despite all of the signings that the Chiefs have done to this point, they still have a lack of depth up front, and they do not have a true number nine who can take over the responsibilities that Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro, Lazarous Kambole, and Bernard Parker were handling in the earlier years of Bernard Parker's tenure at the club.
The sole forward signing that the club has made so far is that of Ashley du Preez, but throughout his time at Stellenbosch, where he also played as a winger, he never reached double digits on the scoring lists. Additionally, he did not sign with the club until now.
The Chiefs have made it clear to the people with whom they have been communicating that they require a proper number nine who can contribute to the team's goal scoring.
It has been brought to the attention of multiple agents that the Chiefs are interested in what they have to offer; but, to this day, no agreements have been reached, and the players who have been proposed do not satisfy the Chiefs' requirements.
In the process of trying to catch "a nine," Bienvenu Eva Nga has already been involved. Nga was previously engaged but their relationship was unsuccessful before she signed with Orlando Pirates.
Other forwards from Europe and South America, such Franck Mbella Etouga, Victor Letsoalo, Fiston Mayele, and Valentino Yuel, have been brought into consideration over the course of the past few months.
The Chiefs are proceeding with extreme caution in their business dealings during this window, in particular with regard to the specialist position that they are looking to fill. The alternative candidate, Khama Billiat, is an option; however, he can only play as a false nine and requires an intelligent supporting cast.
During the previous decade, Nurkovic was the only new player to be signed by the club who scored in double figures. However, the Serbian player failed to live up to his potential in his second and third seasons.
Kingston Nkhatha was never a fan favorite at the club, but he came close to reaching double figures in his first two seasons there, netting eight and then ten goals before quitting the team halfway through the third year.
The other forwards that the club has brought in over the past ten years, such as Edward Manqele, Camaldine Abraw, Bongani Ndulula, Siphelele Mthembu, David Zulu, Michelle Katsvairo, Ryan Moon, Gustavo Paez, Lewis Macha, Matthew Rusike, Katlego Mphela, Dominic Mateba, and Lucky Khune, just haven't been able to produce, which is why the club
Yusuf Maart, Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Lehlogomolo Matlou, Dillan Solomons, Zitha Kwinika, and Siyethemba Sithebe are among the AmaKhosi players who have signed contracts so far. In addition, Mduduzi Shabalala has been elevated from the development squad.
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