In a recent turn of events, Gavin Hunt’s pursuit of two Kaizer Chiefs out-of-favour midfielders has hit a snag. While there has been a growing interest by SuperSport United to secure the services of Cole Alexander or Phathutshedzo Nange, the Matsatsantsa head coach has ruled out any deal.
Cole has made six appearances in all competitions and has been somewhat of a forgotten man. The midfielder has seen limited game after being constantly overlooked by Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane despite the poor defensive record of Kaizer Chiefs and their battle to fill the defensive midfield role.
Nange on the other hand, made a substitute appearance against Royal AM at a wet Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday that saw Amakhosi go back to winning ways after three consecutive losses. Hunt however is convinced that nothing will happen, despite his requests to bolster up the squad by bringing in some much-needed experienced players who understand what the coach is about having worked with him on numerous occasions.
On the Chiefs side, they were hoping to persuade SuperSport to release their pre-contract signing Thatayaone Ditlhokwe earlier, but United are not willing to do so. Especially with the announcement seemingly having been made prematurely, according to those in the know at Matsatsantsa.
Consequently, the relationship between the two clubs is reportedly now somewhat strained. And we don’t expect negotiations between the two, at this very moment unless something changes between now and the deadline day tomorrow evening.