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Kotei Explains How His Chiefs Deal Happened…

James Kotei hasn’t joined Kaizer Chiefs to make up numbers, and he’s admitted that he does ‘feel bad’ that they haven’t won any trophies recently…

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Chiefs are currently enduring the longest trophy drought in the club’s history after a Nedbank Cup final defeat last season means that it’s now four full seasons since they last lifted any silverware – something the Ghanaian is hoping to help change.

Speaking to the Glamour Boys’ official website after signing a three-year deal, the former Simba SC man has given some insight as to how his move to Soweto came about after a solid season in Tanzania.

Kotei said, “I received a call from Simba’s club boss himself. He told me that Kaizer Chiefs from South Africa were interested in my services. Thereafter the coach called me, and we had a discussion. He asked me several questions and gave me his go ahead.

“There is huge talent here at Chiefs… I am impressed with the set up because we are a family here and I look forward to contributing. After the hectic season in Tanzania, I didn’t get a chance to rest. I must fight to get into the team. I am here to play my part and truly excited to be here.”

And, after winning personal and team accolades in 2018/19, the 25-year-old is not coming to South Africa to stop his winning habit, adding, “I feel bad that this massive club has not won trophies recently. I arrived in Tanzania in 2016, Simba had not won anything for four years, and we won the league and the FA Cup the same year. By the grace of God, I hope to win trophies and for Chiefs to return to winning ways.

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“Back home people wished me luck. This is a big break for me, and people back home asked me to make them proud… I wish to ask Amakhosi supporters to pray for me to do well. It is not about me, we are a family, but one thing for sure I am here to fight for Chiefs.”

Kotei has already started training with Chiefs and will join them on their pre-season camp when it begins this week.  

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