JOHANNESBURG, January 10 – Kaizer Chiefs officially unveiled January transfer window signings Leonardo Castro, Siphelele Ntshangase, Kabelo Mahlasela and Siphosake Ntiya-Ntiya at Naturena on Wednesday.
In addition, the Soweto giants’ new Technical Director, Robertus Hutting, was also introduced, with the Dutchman set to work with both the first team and the Amakhosi academy sides.
“Hutting will be with Kaizer Chiefs until the end of the current season, with the view of extending his stay with the Glamour Boys,” read a statement on the Chiefs website.
“Coach Steve Komphela who was part of the process of bringing Hutting to Chiefs [and has] welcomed Hutting to the club.”
Chiefs Football Manager Bobby Motaung was quick to play down talk that Hutting’s arrival could spell the end of Komphela’s reign.
“We are aware that Conti Kubheka (head of development) left the club last year. Doctor Khumalo also resigned and left the club (to become Baroka technical director). We had to find a suitable replacement for those positions. A person who has got knowledge.
“Just to deal with the myth or perception that is out there already that Mr Hutting is here as a replacement for the coach‚ just to clarify up-front, his mission is to deal with the technical aspects‚ and advise the technical staff‚ both the head coach and youth academy,” he said.
Ntiya-Ntiya, who made a promising debut on the weekend in the 0-0 draw with SuperSport United, is himself an academy product.
The young left-back follows in the footsteps of Wiseman Meyiwa and Siyabonga Ngezana, who have both enjoyed regular game-time since making the step up from the club’s junior ranks near the start of the current campaign.
Ntshangase, a midfield creator, is a long-term target who arrives from Baroka FC after prolonged negotiations.
Another attack-minded midfielder, Mahlasela, was signed from Bloemfontein Celtic, but suffered a cruel blow late last week when he injured his knee in his first training session with the club and now looks set to be out for several months.
Castro, meanwhile, took part in his first training session with his new club on Tuesday, ending speculation that he was to snub Amakhosi for French top-flight outfit Amiens.
“I feel happy to be here. Thank you for the confidence in me. If you play for a big team you need to win trophies,” said the Colombian marksman, who arrives from Mamelodi Sundowns.
Motaung also revealed that there will be more transfer activity, both incoming and outgoing.
“Our plans are to bolster the squad, we need to assist the technical staff. We have brought in new players. We will be making more additions,” he said. “We have engaged some clubs in terms of loaning players or their sale. I can’t mention names at the moment.”
Back-up goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo could potentially be one of those to leave, possibly on a loan deal although a permanent switch could also be on the cards.
“Every player comes here to compete. With regards to Khuzwayo, he needs to compete. [Itumeleng] Khune is doing well at the moment,” said Motaung.
Chiefs are currently fourth on the standings and in with an outside chance of challenging for the league – they are currently eight points adrift of leaders Sundowns.
– African News Agency (ANA),