Reports yesterday claimed that the former PSL Player-of-the-Season is on the verge of a move to Naturena. This has sparked debate to whether this is the main reason for Amakhosi scheduling a press conference for Wednesday.
Following the announcement that Chiefs will not be offering new contracts to a number of players including Itumeleng Khune, Tefu Mashamaite and Mandla Masango – plus the resignation of coach Stuart Baxter – Chiefs are expected to announce the club’s new additions for the next season along with a new coach. Steve Khompela, who is reported to be on the verge of resigning at Maritzburg United, is touted as the possible replacement for Baxter.
Former Dutch international Ernie Brandts is also in the running for the top job.
But a source at the club believes Chiefs would be shooting themselves on the foot if they sign new players without the consent of the new coach.
“This was the biggest reason why Baxter left,” said the source. “He was frustrated that management would pick and sign players and he would be forced to play them. It didn’t sit well with him.
“So they must wait for the coach first to avoid what happened with Baxter.”
But Vilakazi would not be drawn in on what he has termed “rumours” and that he would only entertain offers from abroad.
The Clever Boys had already put the “not-for-sale” tag on Vilakazi for local clubs. “Basically, my main objective is to stay with Wits,” Vilakazi said, “unless something happens overseas.
“I would consider an offer from overseas, but for now I’m with Wits.”
Chiefs are also expected to confirm the arrival of Free State Stars defender Daniel Cardoso, whose move has been one of the worst kept secrets since the opening of the transfer window.
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