Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Sipho Khuse believes Edward Manqele deserves the second chance he has been given at Naturena.
Manqele looked to be heading out the exit door at Chiefs during the off-season after being told he was surplus to requirements, as Steve Komphela made sweeping changes to his squad.
But the 29-year-old striker has been handed a lifeline by the Soweto giants after impressing the technical team during pre-season, and Khuse has urged him to prove his worth to Komphela.
Manqele has a chance to stake his claim to lead the line for Amakhosi with Camaldine Abraw out injured, and he will compete for a starting berth with new signings Lewis Macha, Edmore Chirambadare and Mitchel Katsvairo.
"I strongly believe that Edward deserves the second chance he has been given at Chiefs, because he didn't actually get enough game-time in the first place," Khuse told Vodacom Soccer.
"He didn't feature much [last season], so he was still yet to establish himself at the team's competitive squad. Now that he has been given another chance, the ball is in his court to prove to Steve [Komphela] that he really deserves the second chance he has been given.
"He has proved in the past seasons that he has an eye for goal, and I don't think Chiefs would have signed him in the first place had it not been for his goal scoring ability.
"And the fact that Chiefs have signed three strikers during the current transfer window, surely will keep him on toes and fire him up to double his efforts to fight for his place at the team's starting XI."