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AmaZulu FC respond to reports linking them with former Kaizer Chiefs defender Sibusiso Khumalo

08:00 IST 22/06/2018
Sibusiso Khumalo of Kaizer Chiefs
Johnson is a fan of the former South Africa under-20 international, who is currently clubless

Premier Soccer League (PSL) side AmaZulu FC are mum on reports linking them with former Kaizer Chiefs defender Sibusiso Khumalo.

The experienced left-back is a free agent after being released by Chiefs last week along with Tsepo Masilela, William Twala, Edmore Chirambadare and Keagan Buchanan.

Khumalo, 28, left the Soweto giants having made only 12 league appearances for the Naturena-based club between 2016 and 2018.

Usuthu head coach Cavin Johnson, who coached Khumalo at SuperSport United, was cagey when asked about the club’s interest in Khumalo.

“No team reveals their interests at this time of the season. Yes, he is a free agent but I can’t say anything,” Johnson told Daily Sun.

Johnson was in charge of SuperSport between 2013 and 2014 with Khumalo, who can also play as a left-l winger, netting twice in 17 appearances for Matsatsantsa. 

“Let’s just wait and see. He is a good player. I gave him a platform to express himself while I was still at SuperSport United,” he continued.

Chiefs signed Khumalo from SuperSport in a swap deal involving Keagan Ritchie, whi joined Matsatsantsa from Amakhosi at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates defender Thembela Sikhakhane, who spent the recent 2017/18 season on loan at Usuthu, could stay with the Durban-based club on a permanent deal as the two sides are currently in talks. 

The 25-year-old right-back is part of Usuthu’s pre-season preparations and the KwaZulu-Natal giants will be hoping to reach an agreement with Bucs, before the new 2018/19 season begins.

Johnson went on to reveal that everyone was in camp and in good shape and ready to get going.

“I just hope this season things will be better than the last. At least this time around I’ve started with the boys and I hope we will all have a better understanding of each other,” Johnson explained.

“Also I hope that players will come to the party for the benefit of the club,” he concluded.