Absa Premiership

Chiefs confirm Mphela bid

2014-01-07 12:56
Katlego Mphela (Gallo)
Cape Town - Following their hectic schedule in the current PSL transfer window period, Kaizer Chiefs are now chasing the signature of Mamelodi Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela.

The 29-year-old forward has been struggling to break into Pitso Mosimane’s first team despite their previous good working relationship during their days together at the national team.

The arrival in the off-season of fellow strikers such as Katlego Mashego, Cuthbert Malajila and Rodney Ramagalela signalled a threat to Mphela’s future as a leading striker for the Chloorkop-based team.

Chiefs Media and Corporate Communications manager, Vina Maphosa, on Tuesday confirmed their pursuit of “Killer”.

“We have sent a letter to Sundowns requesting for Mphela services,”Maphosa told Sport24.

“We want to sign him now in January if it’s possible but whatever they offer us will be acceptable.

“Even if they say he must just sign a pre-contract with us to come next season it’s still okay.

“All we need is to have him on board,” he added

Mphela has made a few substitute appearances for the Brazilians and managed to find the back of the net two times.

Although Amakhosi want Mphela, Maphosa also confirmed that unsettled striker, Lehlohonolo Majoro, is still a Chiefs player despite being rumoured to have signed a pre-contract with their perennial rivals, Orlando Pirates.

“He is still contracted to Chiefs, so that makes him a Chiefs player at the moment,” confirmed Maphosa.

“He was supposed to join SuperSport United on a swap deal involving George Maluleka coming to Chiefs but he couldn’t agree with them on personal terms.

“We did not put him on a transfer list; he is the one who decided not to extend his contract with us.

“If he doesn’t get a new team now, that means he will stay with Chiefs until the end of the season.

The former AmaZulu goal-poacher also fell out of favour with head coach Stuart Baxter last season as fellow strikers Knowledge Musona, Bernard Parker and Kingston Nkhatha were given first preference ahead of him.

Pirates are now rumoured to be Majoro’s next destination as they are currently relying solely on Collins Mbesuma and Lennox Bacela for goals.

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