Chiefs ‘officially’ secure key signing ahead of next season

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Chiefs have already provided clear indications that they will be more aggressive in terms of recruitment before next season, with Stellenbosch FC captain Zitha Kwinika having recently been linked with the Soweto giants.

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Kwinika is a Chiefs academy product, but had been sold outright to Chippa United around 2015, while he has enjoyed spells at Bidvest Wits and Stellenbosch.

Recently, according to Soccer Laduma, Kwinika was firmly placed on the club’s list of potential new additions for the new term, with the Siya crew reporting on “good authority” that Amakhosi had made a breakthrough and that he could be returning to Naturena “should all the finer details be agreed to in the coming weeks”.

It’s now been reported by KickOff.com that this has been confirmed, and the 28-year-old will be heading back to Naturena.

At Stellenbosch’s end of season awards ceremony, the defender claimed the club’s Players’ Player of the Season and Footballer of the Season awards.

After handing over one of the awards, head coach Steve Barker confirmed Kwinika would be heading to Chiefs at the end of the season, while the former South Africa youth international stated: “…I could say that I came here as grapes, and I will be ready to leave as wine.”

“I’d like to wish Zitha well. He’s going back to his boyhood club, where he’s developed,” Barker said.

“Zitha will go back to Kaizer Chiefs, he deserves everything of the best. We wish him well, but be aware, we’re coming for you [next season].”

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Recently, the Johannesburg-born player had acknowledged that he was eager to move on to a club with bigger ambitions for silverware.

“In this instance, I put something to you. I’ve been ready! I played for Wits. They were a big team and so was Chippa, they are in the big league. So, it shows that if I’m competing with those people, then I’m ready if that’s the case,” Kwinika said to Soccer Laduma.

“But for me to stand up with pride and confidence, then I need to win things at Stellenbosch and say I need to move here. I’ve got everything I need to go to a bigger challenge – but how do I say I want a bigger challenge when at Stellenbosch I’m just playing.

“So, my motivation for me is to do well where I am so that I can have the power to say no, now I need something you understand? Where I stand now, I don’t have powers to say no, I deserve to go there.

“If I deserve to go there, they will come ask me. What did you win? I’ve got nothing! So, what’s pushing me is to try to achieve what I can achieve at Stellenbosch. Then I can come back and say there’s improvement in my game. 

But trust me, if any challenge comes to me on any given day, I’ll be ready because I’ve proven for the past five years, six years, I’ve been playing in this league and I’m playing against those people, so I don’t see anything stopping me from playing for any other team in this country,” he concluded.

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