David Kannemeyer welcomes Kaizer Chiefs' newest additions

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The former Bafana Bafana defender has hailed the arrival of Mario Booysen and Lebogang Manyama at Naturena

With Kaizer Chiefs seemingly losing the battle to have defender Lorenzo Gordinho back from his loan with  Bloemfontein Celtic , Mario Booysen's arrival has been welcomed.

Former Amakhosi defender David Kannemeyer says the lanky defender is a great addition to the Soweto giants and will add value at the back.

Amakhosi announced the former Urban Warriors, Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United centre back's arrival on Wednesday just after signing midfielder Lebogang Manyama.

Many have questioned the timing of the moves considering Chiefs' early misfortunes, but Kannemeyer told Goal on Thursday, that the duo's capture was not too late .

“No, it's still very early and they have four games into the season and I am confident the two players will add value in the team,” Kannemeyer told Goal.

“Obviously the team is not settled yet and I think it still a good time to bring in new players,” he said.

“Yeah he's (Booysen) got loads of good talent in him, he is experienced and has been around the block for some time and that tells a lot about him,” he continued.

Meanhwile, speaking about the possibility of losing Siphiwe Tshabalala, who has been linked with Turkish side, BB Erzurumspor, the former Bafana Bafana left back was not to perturbed. 

“I think they have talent and can replace 'Shabba', for me I think he had to go to Europe a long time ago and you know he has served the club with distinction,” he added.

“He may have been complacent at times, but he has done his bit for Chiefs and the country, he must be ready now for a new challenge,” the 41-year-old continued.

“I think he can also realise his career is coming to an end and it's a new step and a great one if he will definitely leave Chiefs,” said the former Ajax youth coach.

Furthermore, on the signing of Manyama who reunited with former Ajax teammates Khama Billiat and George Maluleka at Naturena, Kannemeyer believes that the familiarity amongst them could work in their favour. 

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“They definitely know each other very well and I am sure we will see their combinations and this will work for Chiefs,” he noted.

“However, it depends on Chiefs and the coach in terms of the tactical planning and if they will play together, but I am sure they will be good and there is Bernard (Parker) who is very good out there,” responded the legend.

“I think the fans must just practice some patience because there is still time to turn things around and they must understand the coach did not have his pre-season with Chiefs,” he concluded.

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