Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs rivals beware: the 2012/13 double-winning champions
will bolster their ranks in an effort to build on this past season's
According to the Football411 website, under the mentorship of former South Africa coach Stuart Baxter,
Chiefs ended an eight-year trophy drought when they finished top of the
Premier Soccer League, as well as having claimed the Nedbank Cup.
Amakhosi can now look forward to challenging for top honours next
term on the African continent, with the Soweto giants set to compete in
the prestigious CAF Champions League.
However, with the extra tournament to take into account, as well
as their aim of retaining their status as the best team in the South
African top flight, the Glamour Boys will need to increase the player
pool at Naturena.
"That is a challenge that comes with winning; to try and stay at
the top as long as you can," Chiefs general manager Bobby Motaung told
the club's official website.
"We will strengthen the squad without a doubt as we will also be
playing in the CAF Champions League next season. We are bringing a
centre back and a striker including players from our Youth Academy who
will be coming as back up."
'BobSteak', as he is affectionately known by the football
fraternity, insists supporters should not be concerned of any
unnecessary or wasteful expenditures.
"We will not be making too many changes to a team that won us a
double," he said. "It is important that whilst you bolster the squad
with quality players that you don't compromise the harmony in the team."
"We do not want to bring star players and for them to sit on the bench."
Motaung went on to hail the importance of Itumeleng Khune's
leadership this past term, adding: "It is good for the Club not only to
produce players but also leaders."
"We have had in the past the likes of Neil Tovey, Lucas Radebe
including Doc Khumalo and Brain Baloyi captaining the national team but
to have Khune now as a leader both at the Club and Bafana Bafana is
special. It gives us a footprint as a Club."
"It is going to serve as an inspiration to not only players at our Youth Academy but the youth in the country."
"Khune will continue to get guidance from the likes of our
Executive Chairman, Kaizer Motaung a leader in his own right and the
likes of former skipper, Ryder Mofokeng who led the Club for a decade."
Meanwhile, he once again looked to dismiss rampant speculation linking Chiefs with a host of big-name off-season signings.
"We have been linked with quite a number of players in the media
but we will make announcements in due course as a Club on who is coming
or going," said Motaung.
"We would like to urge the supporters to exercise patience and
keep their eyes on the Club's media platforms for updates on player