Chiefs are in the market for quality players to enhance their chances of doing well in the 2014 Caf CL, and Goal senior writer Ernest Makhaya looks at the possible tranfers
Having confirmed on several media platforms that they will be beefing up their squad, Kaizer Chiefs are set to dominate the January transfer window.
Some “big name” players are thought to be on the wanted list of AmaKhosi who will be campaigning in the 2014 Caf Champions League after winning the 2012/13 PSL title.
One player that Chiefs have certainly been eyeing is Ajax Cape Town attacking midfielder Lebogang Manyama. It was reported early this year that AmaKhosi had secret meetings with Manyama’s agent to discuss a possible transfer of the player to Naturena.
Manyama has been in fine form for the Urban Warriors this season netting two goals already, and he has also been frequently called-up in the national team.
He could play a pivotal role in Chiefs’ attacks especially from the right hand side where Stuart Baxter has been playing the left-footed Siphiwe Tshabalala.
Luyolo Nomandela is another player that has been secretly monitored by Chiefs in the past season, but no offer was made for the Free State Stars man.
The Eastern Cape-born Nomandela finished last season as the club top goalscorer, and for his hard work, he was, on a number of occasions, included in the Bafana team.
His ability to score goals from the midfield and play as a second striker at times could benefit Chiefs as they face a hectic schedule next year.
Bernard Parker has been playing this role since he came to Chiefs, but Baxter has spoken about the importance of giving his senior players a break, because they haven’t had enough time to rest, and the 23-year-old Nomandela could fill that void perfectly.
AmaKhosi have already added Ugandan international defender Ivan Bukenya to their current squad. Bukenya is expected to add value to defensive positions, and his versatility, height and experience could contribute towards Chiefs’ success.
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