Editorial: Is it wise for Kaizer Chiefs to have Nkhatha and Mthembu?

Goal looks at whether Siphelele Mthembu could become AmaKhosi's most prolific striker next season, having struggled to score more than 10 goals a season in the past
By Ernest Makhaya
Kaizer Chiefs fans have in the past urged their management to reinforce their striking department and get rid of those who have done little for the team.
AmaKhosi have since signed Siphelele Mthembu from Platinum Stars on a free transfer, but the majority of the fans who have seen him in action are not convinced that he's the kind of player that can score 15 goals or more in one season.
The truth is, Mthembu has never scored more than 10 goals in one season since turning professional in 2008. He scored 25 goals in one season while playing for second division side Maritzburg City before getting a PSL contract.

Everyone knows that playing for Chiefs comes with pressure and expectations, but perhaps his past experience will help him swim rather than sink as he's been there with Orlando Pirates before.
He's quick and very strong on the ball, but not so clinical in front of goal. Chiefs fans expect goals more than anything else from their strikers. Kingston Nkhatha knows that more than anyone else in the current squad.
Nkhatha endured a frustrating season last term, with the club fans always putting pressure on him to deliver and most importantly convert chances into goals.
He scored seven goals in all competitions last season and eight the previous season, but still, that wasn't enough to convince the AmaKhosi fans that he is their main man.
Mthembu on the other hand, netted nine times for Dikwena last season, with only six league goals in 26 league appearances and whether he will be able to improve from that tally or not, it remains to be seen.
It is also not clear if Mthembu, who can play both as a target man and second striker, will take over from Nkhatha or will have to wait for his chance like anyone in the team.
The two forwards - Mthembu and Nkhatha - play a similar type of football and are not as prolific as many would like, and having both of them on the pitch could frustrate their fans even more.

At a glance, Mthembu scored 13 goals in the two seasons that he spent at Platinum Stars, while Kingston Nkhatha has 15 to his name since joining the Soweto giants from Black Leopards in 2012.

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