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Chiefs Star Nears Exit, Goes AWOL?

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has revealed that James Kotei, a player very much on his way out of Naturena in the coming days, has not been to training since reports of his expected exit gained momentum last week.

The Ghanaian midfielder joined Amakhosi in July last year – at the same time as Kearyn Baccus, Lazarous Kambole and Samir Nurkovic – but is the only one of the new recruits who has had no impact. He seems likely to leave the club without making an official debut.

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Asked why the 26-year-old struggled, Middendorp suggested Kotei was perhaps not good enough to meet the standards required at Naturena.  

“I can’t give you an answer that you would be satisfied with. He has not been to training – I don’t know where he is, that is the first point,” the coach explained.

“He is a player who did not make it so far, for different reasons. I have not seen too much in terms of progress in different areas. If there is a chance to bring another one in with similar strengths, that is obviously what will happen.”

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Chiefs are also understood to be eager to free up a foreign spot to accommodate free agent Anthony Akumu, and Kotei now looks certain to be the sacrificial lamb during the current January transfer window period.

Kotei has been previously linked with a move to Tanzania, where he would join either his former club Simba SC or Young Africans FC – but that move has to materialise by Wednesday when the Tanzania window slams shut.   

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