A Kaizer Chiefs defender could be affected by proposed squad adjustments expected to take place either during the next transfer window or at the end of the season, should his situation at the club remain unchanged.
Letlhogonolo Mirwa, who has been one of the new signings for Chiefs for the 2018/19 season, has found the going tough with getting game-time at the Soweto giants so far in their campaign.
So far this season, Mirwa hasn’t played in any official matches this season, with 10 Absa Premiership matches and three MTN8 Cup encounters under Head Coach Giovanni Solinas.
Mirwa has only received game-time with the club’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge team this season, with the 23-year-old left-back signed during the pre-season from North West outfit, Buya Msuthu FC in the ABC Motsepe League.
Speaking to the Siya crew, Mirwa’s former coach from Buya Msuthu, Kabelo Sibiya, has given more insight on the player’s abilities.
“He is a hardworking player and he is versatile because he can play as a left winger, left-back or as an attacking midfielder. When we got him from Orbit College FC (third tier), he was playing as a left winger and I converted him to play as a left-back. He is a good player, very disciplined and he is coachable,” said Sibiya.
“I personally believe that it was a huge transition for the boy to have gone to a big club like Kaizer Chiefs. I mean for a player (from the ABC Motsepe League) to go to any PSL club, it would have required that he first adjusts to that club. Now, the boy has to adjust from playing in the ABC Motsepe League to a PSL club, and that club is Kaizer Chiefs.
“Some of the players that had been playing at other PSL clubs have struggled at Chiefs after they joined the club. I believe that the boy (Mirwa) needs time to adjust to the PSL level before he can adjust to the level of a big club like Chiefs. I believe that he will adjust in the shortest period of time possible. He has been playing for the MultiChoice Diski Challenge team (for) Chiefs and that should help him. Having said all of this, the boy’s talent is undoubtedly (good),” added Sibiya.
With Chiefs having Ugandan left-back Godfrey Walusimbi, as well as the likes of Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Philani Zulu as their other options for the left-back spot in Solinas’ starting line-ups for matches, Mirwa could be loaned in the next transfer window in January in order to help him to get game-time and experience elsewhere, according to sources, as reported in edition 1095 of Soccer Laduma.
“His chances of playing regularly this season are limited. There is talk of him going on loan in January. He’s likely to leave,” said the source.
Mirwa had a stint with Mamelodi Sundowns’ development team earlier on in his career and had the opportunity to work under coach David Notoane at the Chloorkop outfit in 2016.