Chiefs agree Manyama deal
Lebogang Manyama (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Ajax Cape Town to sign attacking midfielder Lebogang Manyama on Tuesday.
According to the club's official website, only Manyama needs to agree terms with the Amakhosi to complete the deal.
The defending PSL champions reasoned that the capture of Manyama is in an effort to strengthen their squad in preparation for next year's CAF Champions League.
Meanwhile the Urban Warriors echoed the news on their official website, with chief executive, Ari Efstathiou saying that Manyama's sale was necessary as his contract with the club was expected to end at the end of the season, after the play-maker turned down a revised offer to stay with the Cape Town-based club.
“We have agreed and accepted the offer made by Kaizer Chiefs for Manyama’s service," confirmed Efstahiou.
"As new management, we indicated at the start of the season that we would like to retain our players so as to build a strong and competitive team.
"We offered Lebo a new lucrative contract however the player indicated that he would like to make a move and start a new adventure in his life.
"With Lebo’s contract coming to an end in June 2014, we had no alternative but to consider all our options."
The South African transfer window opens officially at the beginning of January, therefore Manyama will still be in the colours of Ajax for their two remaining fixtures of the year, against Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars respectively.
Manyama is the Urban Warriors' leading goalscorer this season with four goals in the 12 league matches they have played, while also making his debut for the national side in August against Nigeria as a substitute.