Kaizer Chiefs made their very first signing of the 2014/15 campaign with left-back Levy Mokgothu from Moroka Swallows. Goal looks at the pros and cons of this purchase
The 24-year-old Mokgothu made his professional debut last season with the Dube Birds and was at the very least present in both league and Cup action. A product of ABC Motsepe league side Highlands Park that also produced former Chiefs and now Orlando Pirates marksman Lehlohonolo Majoro, Mokgothu has his work cut out in proving to the Amakhosi faithul that he is the "real deal".
With Jambo facing a possible exit from the Naturena side any day now and Masilela's on and off form often his downfall, can Mokgothu be a Khosi that will rise above his weight? Only time will tell.
Too early for a big move?
Many times, especially in the PSL, have we witnessed players who would shine at the so-called "smaller outfits" move onto the more flamboyant ones and those players like Gert Schalkwyk, who left Wits for Chiefs in 2004 on the back of some sterling displays and Phenyo Mongala, who joined the Buccaneers from Tuks in 2009 after his stellar show catapulted AmaTuks to the Nedbank Cup final that year have until this day regretted their earlier jump to the "Big Three". Schalkwyk later said: "Joining Chiefs when everyone at Wits warned about it being a big move too soon is a decision I regret until this day."
Will Mokgothu fall into the same trap?
The Amakhosi have at present and as mentioned earlier Masilela leading the left-back position, with young Simphiwe Mtsweni often used in less important games, and this should mean more game time for Mokgothu.
To sum it up, Chiefs have two full-backs of international quality and if Mokgothu, who is a lot like Pirates' Thabo Matlaba and Barcelona's Jordi Alba with their darting runs up the flank, is allowed the freedom to come into his own, he will be an asset to the club.