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Where will Lazarous Kambole fit in at Kaizer Chiefs?

11:03 PM IST 12/06/19
Willard Katsande, Kaizer Chiefs & Lazarus Kambole, Zesco United, January 2019
Over the years, Amakhosi were criticized for not being competitive enough in the transfer market, but they went all out to sign Kambole from Zesco

Lazarous Kambole became Kaizer Chiefs' first signing of the upcoming campaign after penning a three-year deal from Zesco United on Tuesday. 

The Zambia international is highly rated in his country, and Amakhosi have undoubtedly signed a player with experience and hunger to succeed at the highest level. 

At 25, Kambole has a lot to offer South African football, but he can achieve that if he receives the necessary support from the Amakhosi technical team, management, teammates and most importantly, the supporters. 

Goal takes a look at where Kambole will fit in at the Glamour Boys next season. 


Kambole looks a perfect fit for Chiefs as a striker, especially after a season that saw Amakhosi convert fewer goalscoring chances. 

The last time Chiefs had a reliable goalscorer was when Knowledge Musona led their attack. 

While a few other strikers came in after that, they were not as clinical as Musona, who had two spells with Amakhosi before jetting out to Belgium

Leonardo Castro is Amakhosi's out-and-out striker at the moment, and while he may have not done too badly in his one-and-a-half-year stint, reports suggest that he could be offloaded ahead of next season. 

This could be one of many reasons Chiefs decided to pursue Kambole, who scored seven goals in 15 Caf Champions League matches for Zesco United in the previous term.  

Should Castro end up staying, then Ernst Middendorp would have two big strikers, and therefore Kambole's role will depend on the coach's formation and opponents. 


As a right-footed player, Kambole can play as one of the three attackers on the right-hand side. 

Chiefs usually use their full-backs as wing-backs, and therefore killing their natural wingers to get inside and help the central midfielders penetrate the opposition defence. 

However, should Kambole be deployed on the right-hand side of Amakhosi's frontline, this could provide room for the likes of Khama Billiat and Bernard Parker to shine and score goals. 

Kambole is good with the ball in his feet, and this could make up for the amount of running either Ramahlwe Mphahlele or Kgotso Moleko has to do on the right side of the pitch. 


With this being his first season in the PSL, Kambole may struggle for goals until he settles down.

Middendorp can decide to take the pressure off his shoulders and play Kambole as a supporting striker behind either Billiat or Parker, depending on his game plan.

In this position, the Zambian marksman may get to learn how Chiefs play before being allowed to lead the attack. 

It is an open secret that everyone associated with the club will be expecting the 25-year-old to hit the ground running, and he could be judged way too soon should he fail to deliver in his first few matches.  

Kambole will need Middendorp and his technical team to protect him, and the role behind the striker would allow him to test opposition goalkeepers - that would do his confidence a world of good. 

Middendorp would then need to sacrifice one of his wingers - either Kabelo Mahlasela or Joseph Molangoane to accommodate Kambole, and therefore attack through the middle instead of relying heavily on crosses.