Search for top striker continues

Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung said on Thursday that he is on the verge of finalising the signing of a top striker and the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle will all fall into place after snatching Shaun Permall from Ajax Cape Town.

The surprise signing of Permall comes barely a week after Chiefs had lured

Rowen Fernandez and Stanton Fredericks from Wits University, Rodney

Thobejane from Ria Stars and Jose Macamo from Mozambican side Costa do

Sol.

However, the Chiefs boss refused point blank to be drawn into revealing the

identity of the last player he is chasing but promised that he was prepared

to break the bank to bring the player to his headquarters.

There has been speculation during the last couple of weeks that Motaung was

eyeing both Rangers striker Gilbert Mushangazhike and Sundowns bang-bang

striker raphael Chukwu, but their respective teams have put a no-sale sign

on the heads of the players.

Chukwu in particular has come out publicly to say he was going nowhere;

that he belonged to Sundowns and will play for no other team in South

Africa except for the “Brazilians” unless he received an offer abroad.

The players (except Thobejane) made their debuts against Ghanaian and

African champions Hearts of Oak in Rustenbrug last week and Motaung was

upbeat about the performances of his latest recruits promising an exciting

season for Amakhosi.

“When I saw Macamo playing in the Champions League against Sundowns,” said

Motaung, “I saw right away that he was a class player. And I wasted little

time in persuading him to come to Naturena.

“Well, I’ve watched Permall closely last season and I’m convinced that he’s

an exciting young talent. And with the group of youngsters we have

assembled at Chiefs this year, I’m sure he will soon settle down and feel

at home.”

Chiefs have off-loaded eight players and promoted a number of youngsters

from their academy while recalling Lucky Maselesele from Manning Rangers.

Although it is going to time more time before the players clicked as a

unit, there is no doubt that once they do, they are going to cause a hell

of a lot of problems for other teams.

Although Motaung did not want to spell it out, it is nevertheless clear

that he wants to stop at nothing to win the league championship which has

eluded the golden shirted Amakhosi now for the past eight years.