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Manqele’s Fitness At Chiefs In Question?

Kaizer Chiefs striker, Edward Manqele, is working with the team’s physical trainers in an attempt to improve his fitness levels.

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Manqele joined Chiefs at the start of the 2015/16 season, where he reunited with Steve Komphela – the coach that gave him his break during their time together at Free State Stars.

Jabu as he is known in the local football fraternity, has struggled to replicate the form that prompted his move from Stars to Mamelodi Sundowns after leaving the Bethlehem-based side in 2012.

The Mohlakeng-born forward has struggled with his fitness levels and weight issues in the past years, during spells with the Brazilians, Moroka Swallows and Chippa United.

However, last year, when the former Bafana Bafana international joined Chiefs from Chippa, it was seen as an opportunity for him to rediscover the form that made him one of the most feared strikers in the PSL.

Manqele went on to score on his league debut for the Amakhosi, in the 1-1 draw with Ajax Cape Town, and subsequently played in six of Chiefs’ following seven Absa Premiership fixtures.

He has however, not played in a league game since he came on as a substitute in the goalless draw against Sundowns.

A Siya source has informed the crew that the 28-year-old is struggling with his match fitness and has been placed on a special fitness program, while he continues to play for Chiefs’ MultiChoice Diski Challenge team.

“He is a good striker but it's his fitness which has been letting him down. That's why the physical trainers are working hard with him,” the source told Soccer Laduma.

 “He has been told that until he shapes up he will only play for their MDC team, but the coach believes in him and they know he is a good striker,” the source concluded.

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