Chippa United can't afford Kaizer Chiefs winger William Twala, says Siviwe Mpengesi

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The Chilli Boys will not pursue Amakhosi's winger, but have cast their net far and wide as the search begins for a another striker

Chippa United could be very busy in the January transfer window as they look to bolster their attacking department, but a move for one Kaizer Chiefs player remains unlikely.

The Chilli Boys are currently on an impressive run of form under coach Teboho Moloi where they sit in a comfortable seventh position on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) table but worryingly for the Port Elizabeth-based outfit is that they have only found the back of the net 10 times in their last 12 encounters.

Nonetheless, Chippa boss Siviwe Mpengesi has identified the need for more firepower upfront as the club looks to avoid a repeat of last season’s disappointing campaign.

However, with South African strikers struggling to hit the net on a regular basis, Mpengesi admits that the club have cast their net wide open in pursuit of a proven goal scorer.

“We have decided to look outside the country because we could not find the type of striker we need locally. We have one spot open for a foreigner,” he told Daily Sun.

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“The local strikers have been going through a rough patch and that makes it difficult to sign someone who might need longer to adapt and start scoring goals. We need someone who will hit the ground running to help us finish the season in a better position than we did last season,” he added.

Meanwhile reports of late have linked out-of-favour Amakhosi winger William Twala with a return to the club. But Mpengesi admits that while he would love to re-sign the 27-year-old, his hefty salary at the Soweto giants has proven a stumbling block.

“It would be nice to have Twala back, but we can’t afford to pay his huge salary,” he concluded.

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