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Kaizer Chiefs start pre-season with new faces

JOHANNESBURG, July 4 – Kaizer Chiefs began their 2017/18 preseason training programme on Monday with two new faces among the squad; Philani Zulu who joins from Maritzburg United and Zimbabwean International, Teenage Hadebe from Chicken Inn F.C.

The team returned last week to undergo medicals and started full training on Monday under the guidance of coach Steve Komphela and his new assistant Patrick Mabedi.

Philani Zulu is 28 years old and plays as a left wing back, while Hadebe is 21 and is a centre back. Both players signed for an initial three years with the option to extend their stay with Amakhosi.

“We have been working throughout the break to negotiate and finalise some of these deals,” said Amakhosi’s football manager, Bobby Motaung. “We need to make sure that coach Steve and his new assistant have a strong team that will compete fiercely in the new season.”

Komphela has worked with Zulu in the past and the player came highly recommended because of his skill and versatility. Hadebe trained with Kaizer Chiefs during last year’s preseason but the club could not secure his signature at the time.

“We welcome the duo to our stable and hope that they live up to expectations and make our supporters happy,” added Motaung. “We have been monitoring them and we really felt they could help improve our squad.”


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