Goal senior writer Ernest Makhaya writes that Chiefs may not need Edward Manqele next season, as he still has to prove himself before moving to Naturena
By Ernest Makhaya
Kaizer Chiefs may have scored 43 league goals this past season, but they need to reinforce their attacking department ahead of next season.
AmaKhosi's failure to defend their PSL title was due to a lack of ruthlessness in front when it mattered most. Knowledge Musona's injury towards the end of the season made things worse for Stuart Baxter's side.
Two top quality strikers that have a proven goalscoring record may help the Soweto giants reclaim their lost glory, and improve against African opponents in Caf too.
Katlego Mphela has the ability to bang in goals, but he will need assistance from another top striker that would lift the team when the chips are down.
Musona is the only proven striker that comes to mind, that is capable of achieving without any added pressure from the AmaKhosi faithful.
However, with Musona likely to return to Europe, Bloem Celtic's Gabadinho Mhango could be their long-term solution.
Mhango is young, energetic, always creates and finds space to score goals. He showed that he's quality during the recently concluded season, with nine strikes to his name. He can be a good acquisition for Chiefs.
Edward Manqele may have a good track record, but he may stumble at Chiefs like he did at Mamelodi Sundowns.
He established himself as one of the feared strikers during his days at Free State Stars, and showed glimpses of what he can do while on loan at Moroka Swallows last season, but he's not as sharp as he was three seasons ago.
Perhaps Chiefs should assess him for the next two seasons before signing him, as he may not be what the Naturena outfit need at the moment.
Following the release of Lehlohonolo Majoro, with due respect to our SA strikers, no local striker can crack it at Chiefs. Even Sthembiso Ngcobo, who was red-hot for Bidvest Wits last season, couldn't do much for Chiefs despite his goalscoring pedigree.
Chiefs need to look beyond SA borders for a quality striker that will help Mphela, Kingston Nkhatha, Matthew Rusike and Bernard Parker next season.
To make matters worse, Parker has been ruled out of the pre-season Soweto Derby clash against Orlando Pirates and he's likely to miss the first few matches of AmaKhosi's new campaign.
Nonetheless, the former FC Twente forward was still battling to break into the Carling Black Label Cup starting line-up, with Mphela and Musona highly favoured to lead AmaKhosi's attack.