Kaizer Chiefs’ search for a holding midfielder will extend beyond the South African boarders, FARPost has learnt.
With Ghana’s James Kotei expected to leave just a few months following his arrival at Naturena from Tanzanian side Simba, Chiefs’ search has started in earnest and the club is looking at options even outside the country ahead of the January transfer window.
FARPost looks at a few names that are highly likely to be targeted.
Thabang Monare (Bidvest Wits, main picture)
For a while now, the Glamour Boys have been linked with Monare, but it would appear there’s not been an approach from Kaizer Motaung’s club. However, where there’s smoke there’s fire. A midfielder of his quality would always attract interest and Chiefs are no exception. The 30-year-old remains a great option, but may only join at the end of the 2019/2020 season.
Anthony Akumu (Zesco United)
Chiefs have apparently been keeping a close eye on the Kenyan midfielder, who’s 27 and turning out for Zesco United in Zambia. Chiefs will need a foreign space to accommodate Akumu, but with Kotei set to leave, that space would be available. Akumu could be available in the January transfer window. The Zesco fans call him Yaya Toure, after the Ivorian.
Thabiso Mokoena (Black Leopards)
The Lidoda Duvha midfielder, who like Akumu is 27 years old, has been linked with Chiefs in the past and with Chiefs’s search back on, he could be considered to replace Kotei, who’s failed to settle at Chiefs since joining from Simba FC at the beginning of the season.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa