PSL News 6.10.2017 12:37 pm

Komphela explains why Chiefs haven’t signed players

Steve Komphela, coach of Kaizer Chiefs (Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix)

Steve Komphela, coach of Kaizer Chiefs (Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix)

Steve Komphela says Kaizer Chiefs have not signed players that the fans wanted because they cannot find the right candidates to join the club.

Chiefs’ recruitment policy has come under fire in the last three seasons with most of the players signed during this period being released after just one season at Naturena.

“I don’t know the number of strikers we have had here to be screened. A recommendation is a recommendation and if you get a player who is highly recommended it is also important to have a look.

“I am sure that we have gone past 10 strikers‚ it’s just that we don’t get the candidates we are looking for‚” Komphela told TimesLive.

The Chiefs coach added that they have a vast scouting and recruitment network around the world.

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“We do have contacts in South America‚ if you want to go to West Africa we do have‚ in Europe we do have people who we talk to. Maybe the only thing is that we don’t point it out but there are plenty of people we deal with.”

The Amakhosi coach could not confirm if the club will bring in new signings in January, saying that will be determined by the fitness of their players.

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“We need to monitor the ones that we have now‚ who are we getting back from injury and based on that we will extend our thinking.

“And if we can’t get anyone‚ it also says start thinking again because we are sitting on a squad of 30 to 32 players and unfortunately about eight of those are sitting on injuries.

“If it extends beyond January and we feel we can do something‚ and there is a player who is available it only makes sense.”

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