Chiefs Assess Foreign Duo As Striker Search Continues

Congolese striker Chistian Saile Basomboli is being assessed by Kaizer Chiefs

With less than 10 days to go before the DStv Premiership campaign resumes, Kaizer Chiefs are looking to further add to their attacking options in search of major honours this term.

The Soweto giants, who have been on recess since the 2022 World Cup took centre stage in Qatar on November 20, returned to training last week as they aim for a much more consistent showing in the second half of the season.

Arthur Zwane’s charges currently occupy fourth spot after 13 matches, seven points behind traditional rivals Mamelodi Sundowns who top the league standings.

Amakhosi’s search for a new striker has taken them to Zambia where they are said to have identified Christian Saile Basomboli who plays for Nchanga Rangers in that country’s top division.

Congolese striker Chistian Saile Basomboli is being assessed by Kaizer Chiefs
Congolese striker Chistian Saile Basomboli is being assessed by Kaizer Chiefs Image source: Unplayable Twitter

The last time the Naturena-based outfit brought in a striker from Zambia was when they signed Lazarus Kambole from ZESCO United in 2019 who misfired, netting just two goals in 33 matches across all competitions which eventually led to his exit at Chiefs.

Now, Zwane is hoping to have a closer look at the towering Congolese striker who has found the back of the net five times in the current campaign with five goals in 17 matches for struggling Rangers who are in 13th spot.

The left-footed Kinshasa-born man holds a slight advantage over Chiefs’ Caleb-Bonfils Bimenyimana. He is quicker and can operate from either side of the wings compared to the Burundian international who is more of a focal point for the oncoming attackers.

Amakhosi have also welcomed Amânsio Joao Pita ‘Neymar’ Canhembe to their training base in Naturena who hails from Mozambique.

Chiefs bring in ‘Neymar’ after spell in Portugal © KickOff

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder currently plies his trade for C.S. Marítimo B in the Campeonato de Portugal and has been in good scoring form having netted seven goals in 27 outings across the different competitions.

Canhembe’s current contract runs out in June 2023, which means should he impress Chiefs during his trial, they would have to pay a transfer fee for the player or they could wait till the end of the current campaign to bring him in on a free. 

The Glamour Boys already have a Mozambican player on their books in Edmilson Dove who can play as a central defender and at left-back and seems to have cemented his spot in the squad. 

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