A return to the topflight is looming for a striker whose start to professional football was a big disappointment due to his unsuccessful spell with Kaizer Chiefs.
In 2012, Sakhile Hlongwa thought he had a chance to make it big in professional football after being signed by Chiefs as a 17-year-old, having impressed with his performance against Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup match for amateur side, Ethekwini Coastal FC.
After signing a three-year deal with the Soweto giants, the Umlazi-born player had the biggest disappointment of his career as he never got to play for the team in a competitive fixture until he parted ways with the club in 2014.
This season, Hlongwa has been one of the top performing players for Richards Bay FC and could be set to follow in the footsteps of his former teammates Austin Dube and Khanyisa Mayo among others, who signed for Chiefs and Cape Town City respectively at the end of last season.
“Topflight clubs are keeping an eye on Richard Bay FC top performing striker Sakhile Hlongwa. Hlongwa is having a great season, having so far contributed with five goals and five assists for Richards Bay and topflight clubs are eyeing him, with Chippa United and Marumo Gallants looking to possibly have him on board in the next window,” confirmed a source.
“There are clubs that are keeping an eye but will have to go through Richards Bay because the player is contracted to them until end of the season. It seems that Hlongwa is now ready to fulfil his potential, having signed for Kaizer Chiefs senior team as a 17-year-old youngster. His advantage is that he is a typical number 9 striker, well-built and strong aerially and such strikers are scarce to find locally,” concluded the source.
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