Polokwane City head coach Clinton Larsen has admitted that the club is facing a huge defensive crisis and it could make matters worse if not resolved.
Rise and Shine were playing with a makeshift defence during their 4-1 defeat by Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.
Inexperienced defender Kenneth Nthatheni had to be paired with right-back Mpho Mvelase while newly signed Nkululeko Ntshangane started at right back.
“We are very close to securing one or two (defenders) like I said we are in the market but these negotiations sometimes take time but definitely within the next week or two we will be making a signing or two into our defence,” Larsen told the media after the match.
“(Ayanda) Nkili is probably two and half weeks away from coming back, (Sibusio) Mbonani we all know he is out for the rest of the season so we still probably need two more central defenders. Mvelase really tried at centre back I thought he played well but it was not his natural position.”
However, Larsen did not want to give out the names of the targeted defenders.
“One could be a foreigner and one local,” he said.
City are missing their regular centre back pair of Mbonani and Nicolas Motloung as well as Ayanda Nkili due to injuries. They have now conceded the most number of goals in the League (24) in their 17 matches.
By Ofhani Munyai