Striker search continues at Chiefs as they bring some hopes to trial
The Kaizer Chiefs need to sign two strikers and their squad would be quite balanced. But the Naturena side struggled to find a perfect match, with local football notorious for its lack of killer attackers.
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Amakhosi only signed Ashley Du Preez after releasing Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro. It was felt that the duo did not fit the style they wanted to play in the future.
But finding more suitable replacements proved to be a difficult task for the Soweto giants. At first, it looked promising with Cameroonian Franck Mbella Etouga being offered to them.
But with European interest in the 22-year-old who was Ghana’s Premier League top scorer, it seems unlikely that he will join the Chiefs.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that the chiefs have taken their search home with some local strikers on trial with Amakhosi.
One of them is Wayde Lekay who was previously with TS Galaxy. The lanky 25-year-old showed promise at Steenberg United two seasons ago, which attracted the Rockets.
But while the signs were there that he could explode into a great striker, he failed to make an impact on Galaxy and has since been released.
A source claimed there were a few more from outside the country, but the club are keeping them under wraps.
“They have a few attackers in camp with them at the moment, but it has been difficult to find their names.
“They are confident that they will have found their men at the start of the season. And if they take from those they have in camp, it will be advantageous because they would have already had a pre-season with the team,” said said the source.
According to various other sources of information, the chiefs also have Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana and Musa Kamara with them at the camp for further assessments.
Much is expected of the Chiefs in the new season as they have promised a new dawn under new manager Arthur Zwane. Amakhosi has not had any significant success in the past seven years.