Word reaching the Siya crew is that Kaizer Chiefs are still keen on Sao Tome international Jardel Nazaré, but there’s a stumbling block…
It was reported by Soccer Laduma back in May that the left back had been spotted at Naturena while Gavin Hunt was still the coach and the club subsequently confirmed that he was being assessed after the player was pictured in a Chiefs kit.
According to insiders at the club, Nazaré did impress Hunt at the time and was believed to have gone for a medical with Amakhosi looking to sign the free agent.
But Nazaré stopped training before Stuart Baxter took over and although there is still interested in adding him to the list of new arrival, the current conundrum with the foreign quota has temporarily closed the door on the defender putting pen to paper.
Premier Soccer League clubs are allowed to register up to five foreign players and Chiefs do not currently have room with Daniel Akpeyi (Nigeria), Anthony Akumu (Kenya), Lazarous Kambole (Zambia), Leonardo Castro (Colombia) and Samir Nurkovic (Serbia) all occupying those allocated foreign spots.
Amakhosi did confirm on Tuesday that Kambole had been placed on the transfer-list and should he be bought by another club or loaned out, then that would throw Nazaré a lifeline, especially with another leftback – Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya – also being placed on the market.
Nazaré featured for Sao Tome against Bafana Bafana in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last year and was Man of the Match in the first game at the time Molefi Ntseki was the South African national team coach.
Coincidentally, Ntseki has since been appointed Amakhosi head of technical.
Story by @superjourno
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