With just six days before the transfer window slams shut on Friday, Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was asked whether the Absa Premiership log leaders were targeting anymore players to boost the squad.
Chiefs have already made one January signing so far – Anthony Akumu arriving as a direct replacement for James Kotei, who departed the club without making an official debut in his six months at Naturena.
“We’ve had a few players leave – Kabelo (Mahlasela) to Polokwane City and Lorenzo (Gordinho) to Bidvest Wits. And with James Kotei we needed the (foreign) space, but it probably would have worked if we gave him more time, which we didn’t have,” Middendorp told the media following Chiefs’ 1-0 win over Golden Arrows on Saturday.
The coach then suggested that it was unlikely that the club would make any further signings simply because there was no one available in the market.
“Anthony Akumu is working already, but will take a little bit of time. I have said it before, I don’t think there are player on the market at the moment that will give us the punch we are looking for. I don’t believe players will come to the squad in this transfer period as an addition – we have one or two players more that have been part of the playing squad. We have a clear agreement inside the club to treat them professional and normal. We have set priorities in different areas,” Middendorp said.
Gordinho joined Wits permanently, while Mahlasela is on loan until the end of the season, though his Chiefs contract does expire in June.
“I told Lorenzo and Kabelo that there are players ahead of them and I am happy Lorenzo has found a good club and Kabelo has a big job to help Polokwane stay in the league. I hope James Kotei will also find a solution, too,” said the coach.