Middendorp outlines Amakhosi’s approach to transfer market
Club targets players in their mid-20s rather than younger footballers
Kaizer Chiefs will keep their eye on the market and their options open to add to the four signings they have already made ahead of the 2019/2020 season should the right players be available‚ says coach Ernst Middendorp.
Chiefs have signed the highly rated Zambian forward Lazarous Kambole from Zesco United while SA-born central midfielder Kearyn Baccus‚ Ghanaian midfielder James Kotei and Serbian striker Samir Nurkovic are less-known quantities.
Amakhosi supporters might be wondering if the club have done enough on the transfer market‚ given that they are trying to reverse four seasons without a trophy.
As Chiefs prepared for Saturday’s preseason Carling Black Label Cup against Orlando Pirates‚ Middendorp said on Wednesday the club might still make a few signings.
“Let’s observe. We always watch the market. As long as the opportunity is there‚ and the transfer market is open until the end of August … we will have a look.”
Middendorp said there were criteria for their signings.
Chiefs have promoted a number of players from their development ranks in the past two seasons‚ and have continued with this campaign.
They have signed experienced players who were earning game time at their clubs to balance that.
“No‚ no‚ Kaizer Chiefs made signings‚ Kaizer Chiefs made decisions‚” Middendorp said‚ pointing out he was not the lone decision-maker.
“And I’ve said it over the past six months that it’s not a one-man show. It’s a one-man show in terms of blaming — I’m aware of that.
“But we have a very clear structure inside this big brand‚ having scouted around and having a very clear identification before the signings were done.
“It was important for us to put some parameters to it — probably not going for 19-‚ 20-year-olds‚ but going for guys between 24 and 28.
“We wanted to see that these players had no handicap in terms of being injured or being parked in a dustbin with other clubs.
“That they had regularly played more than 30 games at their former clubs — in Europe‚ Australia‚ Zambia or Tanzania.”
Kambole, 30, has starred for Zesco in the Champions League‚ as has Kotei, 25‚ with his Tanzanian club Simba FC reaching the 2018/2019 quarterfinals.
Baccus, 27, has played more than 130 games in the Australian Premier League and Nurkovic, 27, scored 23 goals in 28 games for KFC Komarno in Slovakia last season‚ albeit in the second division.
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