Black Leopards striker and Kaizer Chiefs target Mwape Musonda has joined his club’s pre-season training at last, despite having handed in a written transfer request.
Last season’s Premiership golden boot winner didn’t report for training on 24 June but the club explained away his absence claiming he needed an additional week to recover from a trip to Dubai.
Sources at the Limpopo outfit claim the club are willing to sell their star man but are holding out for the best price they can get.
In May, Musonda said that if Kaizer Chiefs were interested in him they should give him a call. Amakhosi are desperate to reinforce in all areas having cleared out their squad following a dismal Premiership campaign.
Musonda has also been linked with a move to defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns and his former club Orlando Pirates.
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Chiefs recently completed the signing of another Zambian striker in Lazarous Kambole. Kambole joined Chiefs from Zesco United, scoring a goal in the Absa Cup final in his last game for the club.
Leopards are believed to have received an R8-million offer from a club outside of South Africa for the services of Musonda.
Chiefs have recruited plenty of talent from across the continent, acquiring Ghanain midfielder James Kotei from Tanzanian club Simba SC.
Kotei said he hoped to end Kaizer Chiefs trophy drought as he helped do for Simba.
“I feel bad that this massive club has not won trophies recently,” Kotei told Kaizer Chiefs official website. “I arrived in Tanzania in 2016, Simba had not won anything for four years, and we won the league and the FA Cup the same year. By the grace of God, I hope to win trophies and for Chiefs to return to winning ways.
“Back home people wished me luck. This is a big break for me, and people back home asked me to make them proud,” he says.
Chiefs have reason to be excited about some of the players coming into the squad at Naturena, with Durban-born former Australia under-17 Kearyn Baccus unveiled this week. That does, however, cast serious doubts on the club’s ability to afford to splash the cash on Musonda.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane advised Musonda to stay at Leopards for another season making the Champions unlikely candidates for a transfer swoop.