Early in the season, Kaizer Chiefs’ Football Manager, Bobby Motaung, confirmed that the club would be strengthening the squad.
He indicated that Chiefs would be pursuing a central defender as well as a striker, and said that players from Chiefs’ youth academy would be promoted. He added that there wouldn’t be too many changes made as this could disrupt the harmony of a side that last year won the league and cup double.
However, he did make it clear that more players would come in ahead of Chiefs’ Caf Champions League commitments in the new year.
The Siya crew also reported in today's edition of Soccer-Laduna, issue number 836, suggesting that the club could bolster the squad in January, ahead of the 10 January 2014 deadline to register players for the Champions League.
Additionally, Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter has gone on record to say that Chiefs are looking to strengthen in central midfield, including finding a suitable backup for Willard Katsande in the holding role.
Nonetheless, as yet the club’s only major signing has been Knowledge Musona, who returned on loan after an unsuccessful stint in Germany.
With the August transfer window slamming shut in just two days, it could mean Chiefs are running out of time in their efforts to bolster the squad.
So far the club have achieved their objective of securing another quality striker by bringing in Musona, but no major reinforcements have yet been added in central defence and midfield.
However, the club are strongly linked with Ugandan central defender, Ivan Bukenya. If the club bring him on board, it could arguably secure the extra defender they've been looking for.
As it stands, if the club don’t sign some players in these positions before the end of August, they will only be allowed to bring in free agents until the transfer window re-opens in January.
With time fast running out till the end of the window, Chiefs fans may be entitled to wonder about where the promised new signings are.
Soccer-Laduma will continue to closely monitor any movements Chiefs do potentially make in the market, before 17:00 on Friday.
By David Minchella
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