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Kaizer Chiefs join Orlando Pirates in race to sign academy product!


Kaizer Chiefs are set to undergo a period of changes both on and off the field ahead of next season.

On a coaching front, Chiefs are expected to announce the appointment of Nasreddine Nabi from AS FAR, this month. 

Nabi will be tasked with bringing some of his own coaching staff, which Chiefs will then give the tools. There will be a lot of pressure on them, seeing as though they would be expected to end a nine-year trophy drought at the club. They will have to make some quick decision with regards to some contract situations. 

Chiefs need to decide on exits

Keagan Dolly, Njabulo Ngcobo, Siyethemba Sithebe, Edmilson Dove, George Matlou, Sifiso Hlanti and Itumeleng Khune are in danger of leaving. But it is believed that it is not only the players out of contract at risk of leaving the club. Players such as Mduduzi Mdantsane and Tebogo Potsane are also thought to be at a crossroads at Chiefs. One other player that was mentioned in the same breath earlier last season is defender Zitha Kwinika

With that being said, Nabi and his crew are expected to have a say in some transfer dealings too. There have been quite a few local and international stars linked to the club of late. The latest being academy product Thato Khiba, who was also linked with arch rivals Orlando Pirates.

According to Soccer-Laduma, Pirates may have fallen out of the Khiba race and it’s now Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC.

Khiba a possible signing?

“For now there are other clubs that have joined the race for his signature. It was Pirates who showed interest Brst and then Chiefs followed them but now Stellenbosch FC have also inquired about him. So that is why I am telling you that there are a number of teams in the race for Thato (Khiba). But for the right price I think he can go. After all, football is a business as well and although they would want to keep him for a longer period they could let him go if they receive a good offer. Remember, it’s not only Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs but also Stellenbosch FC so it will be hard to keep him,” said the source. 

It remains to be seen if the in demand Khiba ends up at either Chiefs, Stellenbosch or even Pirates.

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