A former Stellenbosch and Bidvest Wits star recently joined Kaizer Chiefs, and indications are that the Soweto giants paid R3 million for the highly-rated player.
Amakhosi have started a massive clearout with nine players released by the club, and they are going into the market to sign new players. Zitha Kwinika is one of the first two signings that the club announced.
But questions have been raised about whether Kwinika is the kind of signing that could transform Amakhosi into a title-challenging team, and a former Chiefs assistant coach Farouk Khan believes the Soweto-born defender has all the qualities of a good defender.
“He is an excellent player and has improved in leaps and bounces at Stellenbosch. Zitha is a player that comes from the Chiefs academy, and he had learned so much when he was at Stellenbosch, and having seen him play I believe he will add value to the club,” Khan told the Siya crew.
Kwinika, who has been the talk of the town as one of the standout performers at Stellis last campaign, is a youth development product of Chiefs and things didn’t quite work out for him after being promoted to the first team in 2015 by Stuart Baxter as Amakhosi deemed him surplus to requirement.
As a result, Kwinika went on secure a move to Chippa United before playing for Thanda Royal Zulu, Wits, and came of age at Stellenbosch, where he was handed the captain’s armband.
In order to win the race to bring Kwinika back to Soweto seven years after he was released, Chiefs spent around R3 million, as revealed by the Siya crew in the latest edition (1276) of Soccer Laduma.
“Zitha will gain valuable experience playing under Arthur Zwane, who is a good coach and one thing you need to understand is that it's a coach that improves a player, so if you get a player that’s going from one club to the next, then that club is going to look to improve on that player’s ability because now they are on a higher level,” added Khan.
“From Stellenbosch to Chiefs, it should be a bigger challenge for him, a bigger club and I believe Chiefs need a player like him. Zitha is very mobile like a modern-day vacuum cleaner, he picks up all the pieces, and he will be a big player for the club."
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