Following a two-week trial period with German outfit TSV 1860, Kaizer Motaung Junior, popularly known as Anelka, secured a one-year contract with the Bundesliga side.
Speaking after the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Cup Winners Cup match against Stade Tamponnaise at FNB Stadium, an eexcited Junior said he was looking forward to the challenges ahead of him.
Anelka has never played a competitive match for the Mighty Amakhosi as coach Muhsin Ertugral said he wanted to protect him against pressure from the local supporters who could have judged him against his legendary father Kaizer Motaung Sinior.
The prospect of playing away from home is music to Junior’s ears. “I am very excited and looking forward to establishing myself in Germany,” said Junior.
“There will be no pressure as such and that could be a perfect opportunity for me to launch my career. German weather and the language could be the only obstacles, but, hey, I have basics in German from school and frankly I like cool weather.”
Meanwhile, defender Gary Goldstone, who was sidelined by injury for the better part of the season, has signed a new two-year contract with Chiefs.
Goldstone’s business manager Mike Makaab says the player decided to remain at Chiefs player for the next two seasons. “Gary is still happy at Chiefs, and as a result he saw no reason why he should leave the club,” Makaab confirms.
Former South African national under-23 midfield ace Patrick Mbuthu has also extended his contract with Amakhosi for the next two seasons.
Mbuthu missed a golden opportunity to impress international scouts during the Olympics when he was left behind due to injury but all that is water under the bridge as he sets out to dazzle the local fans.