Chiefs are unlikely to do any more business before the close of the transfer window in four days’ time.
HIGH-flying Kaizer Chiefs are done in the transfer market.
Amakhosi parted ways with Lorenzo Gordinho and James Koeti and acquired the services of Anthony Akumu, while Kabelo Mahlasela was loaned out to Polokwane City.
The Glamour Boys are at the summit of the Absa Premiership standings, 10 points clear of second-placed, defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has indicated that his side are unlikely to do any more business before the close of the transfer window in four days’ time.
“We needed an open space which is why we let go of Lorenzo, Koeti and Kabelo,” Middendorp explained.
“Kabelo has a big job to do at Polokwane City as they are fighting relegation. There are no players in the market that I can say will give us the punch we were looking for. I don’t believe that players will come in this transfer window,” Middendorp added, while addressing the media on Saturday at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Moment of magic
Chiefs stole maximum points at the death against Lamontville Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership tussle on Saturday. Lebogang Manyama produced a moment of magic to steer Amakhosi to glory.
No wonder German Middendorp doesn’t see any need in beefing up his squad.
“It is no secret we have two or more players that haven’t been a part of the playing squad,” the coach said. “If there’s anything, we have a clear internal agreement inside the club. We will treat them professionally. We have priorities at the club,” he added.
Gordinho was signed by Wits after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Naturena. The lanky defender found it hard to break into the starting XI during his tenure with Amakhosi. Middendorp preferred Daniel Cardoso and Eric Mathoho in the heart of the defence. Siyabonga Ngezana was third in the pecking order for Chiefs.
“We had to make a decision. I’m happy that Lorenzo went in to a qualified club (Wits). It wasn’t working for him at this club.”
Chiefs are working diligently to end their barren run of trophies. They haven’t lifted silverware in five years. The last time they were crowned league champions was back in 2014/15 but they have every reason to believe that they will put that to an end come May.
The league title is in their hands. It is Amakhosi’s to lose.