Kaizer Chiefs Pursue R22 Million High Profile Striker

 

As Kaizer Chiefs continue their pre-season training in Turkey, management is actively working behind the scenes to secure key transfers for the upcoming 2024/25 season. Reports suggest that new coach Nasreddine Nabi has his sights set on acquiring striker Fiston Mayele from Egyptian club Pyramids FC.

Mayele, a forward from the Democratic Republic of Congo, previously played under Nabi at Yanga SC, where the two enjoyed a successful partnership.

Sources close to the situation indicate that Nabi has specifically requested Chiefs' management to pursue Mayele, despite the striker's hefty price tag of approximately $1.2 million (around R22 million).

"It is believed that the coach has made requests for two strikers. One is a Botswana international (Tumisang Orebonye) and the recent one is former Yanga SC striker from DRC, Fiston Mayele," said a source.

"Doubts are still there because of the reported asking price from his current team, Pyramids FC of Egypt. It is believed that they are looking at $1.2m (R22m). The club feels that is too much."

Chiefs had previously shown interest in Mayele before his move to Egypt, when his valuation was significantly lower. At that time, Yanga SC was asking for close to R10 million, making the current asking price a significant increase.

"You know before he moved to Egypt, Chiefs were interested in him and at that time Yanga were looking for close to R10m. So that's where the doubts are but the coach has shown interest in him because he knows him as he worked with him at Yanga for two seasons and he knows what he can do. We are yet to see if something will come up soon," the source added.

In addition to Mayele, Chiefs are reportedly considering Tumisang Orebonye, a Botswana international, as part of their strategy to bolster the team's strike force.

This move is in anticipation of a possible transfer of Ashley Du Preez to Portugal, which would necessitate having a replacement ready.

Chiefs are currently in Europe preparing for the new season and will soon face Tanzanian side Yanga SC in the inaugural Toyota Cup at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa. This match will be an opportunity to assess the team's needs and the integration of new strategies under coach Nabi.

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