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Chiefs ready to let Manqele & Mthembu go

Kaizer Chiefs ‘Amakhosi’ are in negotiations with striker Edward Manqele and Siphelele Mthembu for a possible exit after they found a replacement.

The club has rocked the transfer window yesterday with the signing of a new hot striker, Gustavo Paez from Venezuela on a two-and-half-year deal after he impressed Amakhosi technical team on a trial.

Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung is hopeful Gustavo Paez will ease the team’s scoring woes, while he confirmed the club is negotiating the exits of Edward Manqele and Siphelele Mthembu. The Venezuelan is view as the replacement of both Mangele and Mthembu.

“We have signed Gustavo Paez on a two-and-half-year deal,” Motaung told the club’s website. “We invited Paez for trials after identifying him through our scouting network. The team has been playing well and creating ample chances but we’ve struggled to convert them.

“In the period he spent with us on trial, we observed aspects that we need in the team. He has good technical abilities and is a team player. We welcome him and wish him all of the best. There are no guarantees in football but we are confident that he will form part of the solution in our goal scoring area.”

Motaung feels fellow strikers Manqele and Mthembu had ample opportunities to prove themselves at the Soweto giants, but fell short of expectations.

“Manqele and Mthembu have had ample time to exert themselves in the team,” Motaung said. “Unfortunately things didn’t go as anticipated. Therefore, we are busy negotiating an exit deal with the two players. We hope everything will go smooth and the two players will have a chance to continue their careers elsewhere.”

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