Kaizer Chiefs have made no secret of the fact that the club are looking to strengthen their squad by bringing in an extra central defender.
The Siya crew earlier reported on the possible arrival of Ugandan international centre back Ivan Bukenya to the club.
Chiefs are also wanting to bring in a specialist holding midfielder to act as cover for established first choice, Willard Katsande.
With the transfer window slamming shut at 17:00 today (August 30), time is running out for Chiefs to secure the targets they’re looking for.
Nevertheless, a possible option for the club is former Bafana Bafana skipper Aaron Mokoena, who is not bound by the transfer window.
The 107-cap South African international is a free agent following his release from Wits in June, therefore he is still eligible to be signed once the window closes.
The 32-year-old didn’t enjoy his best season with The Students last campaign, largely because of injuries, but his experience of playing at the highest levels in Europe could potentially still be an asset for Chiefs.
The no-nonsense tackler also has experience playing in the holding role from his days at Blackburn Rovers, meaning he could arguably provide cover both in central defence and in the midfield holding role for Katsande.
The player also has experience of playing under Stuart Baxter, when he played under the English coach for Bafana Bafana in 2005. It's a move that potentially could suit Chiefs as Mokoena isn't likely to come on board expecting to be a starter right away.
Nonetheless, the club would have a player that offers cover in the two positions Chiefs are looking to fill, and the players professionalism, experience and leadership ability is something which could be an asset.
The Siya crew put in a call to the defender and informed him that Chiefs are in the market to secure a centre back and a holding midfielder. Mokoena explained his position about what his next move might be.
He said, “At the moment I am available if the right club came along. I know Stuart Baxter very well. If he were to give me a call, I would probably think about it.”
By David Minchella