‘They must take them’: Ex-Kaizer Chiefs midfielder urge club to sign Eswatini duo

A former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder has urged the club to sign Eswatini duo that shone during the COSAFA Cup currently ongoing in Gqeberha, South Africa.

Both Bafana Bafana and Sihlangu Semnikati are out of COSAFA after failing to reach the semifinals. Despite beating Eswatini 1-0 on Tuesday, Helman Mkhalele’s men couldn’t secure a place in the last four.

The Eswatini team had two talented left-footed strikers Thubelihle Mavuso (Nsingizini Hotspurs) and Bongwa Matsebula (Young Buffaloes) who were impressive throughout the competition.

Humphrey Mlwane, who donned the iconic Gold and Black jersey of Kaizer Chiefs in the past, believes that the Soweto giants should secure both players due to their promising future.

He declared his intention to contact Chiefs Football Manager Bobby Motaung with the aim of convincing him to sign the duo.

EX-CHIEFS MIDFIELDER URGES CLUB TO SIGN TWO PLAYERS OF ESWATINI WHO SHONE AT COSAFA

“All the players Chiefs signed from Eswatini excelled. Ronnie Dube, Scara Thindwa, Abel Shongwe and William Shongwe, today they are all legends,” MIwane told KickOff.

“Swaziland have improved a lot. Even yesterday, Eswatini players were more offensive than our Bafana Bafana.

“Their goalkeeper Xolani Cama was one of my players at Malanti Chiefs. Eswatini are using young boys, especially Bongwa Matsebula, and Thubelihle Mavuso. They are both left-footed.

“Let's hope Kaizer Chiefs saw them, they must take them. I'm planning to give Bobby Motaung a call about these boys. “Since Chiefs are rebuilding, they are not going to win the league this season, so they can be able to nurture these boys.

“Because they are young, you can even start them in the DDC [DStv Diski Challenge], and they will get them for less than R2 million. “Players are not expensive in Eswatini, you still get to buy a R30 000 player.”

While they have been linked with several players, Chiefs have yet to make their first signing ahead of the 2023/24 season. The club is said to be closing in on Orlando Pirates defender Bongani Sam as they’re looking to replace the departed Sfiso Hlanti. Meanwhile, they have been linked with Oswin Appollis and Malawian midfielder Chawanangwa Kaonga.

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