Kaizer Chiefs’ pre-season plans revealed? Tanzanian giants hint at another clash with Amakhosi

The Soweto giants look to be planning for a friendly match against a familiar opponent

Kaizer Chiefs could face Young Africans (Yanga SC) for a second straight year following revelations that Amakhosi have invited the Tanzanian champions for a pre-season friendly.

Chiefs were in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for a pre-season friendly last July and it appears that they want to return the favour this time ahead of the 2024-25 campaign.

This was made public by the Tanzanian giants who are looking at possibilities of playing in South Africa, Kenya and Europe before they begin their title defence.

Chiefs’ loss to Yanga last year set the tone for a difficult season

“We will have a good pre-season and we have already received invitations from a number of places, including South Africa. Kaizer Chiefs have invited us,” Yanga president Hersi Said revealed during the club's Annual General Meeting in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Chiefs graced Yanga’s Wananchi Day last July before playing each other in a pre-season clash that the hosts won 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.

It was part of the Glamour Boys’ two pre-season matches, the other one being another 1-0 loss to Botswana side Township Rollers, setting the tone for what was a difficult 2023-24 campaign.

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The match is likely to be played in South Africa in July by which time Chiefs should have sorted out the coaching situation at the club.

Amakhosi will be keen to complete transfer business before pre-season

Amakhosi are still searching for a coach following the departure of interim boss Cavin Johnson and even though Tunisian tactician Nasreddine Nabi has been reported to be the key target, the club is yet to make a decision.

Chiefs will hope to have also finalised their transfer business by then so that the new coach will have time to assess his squad before the season starts.

Malawi attacking midfielder Chawanangwa Kaonga, who plays for Zanaco FC, is the latest player to be linked with a move to Naturena, while the future of a number of Chiefs players, such as Keagan Dolly, whose contract is up at the end of June, is still unknown.  

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