Kaizer Chiefs identify Bafana keeper as Khune replacement?

Kaizer Chiefs are thought to be pursuing an alternative target after pulling out of a race for a top goalkeeper

It is no secret that Chiefs were interested in signing Stanley Nwabali from Chippa United as their next goalkeeper.

Nwabali, who currently plies his trade for the Eastern Cape-based side, was a surprise inclusion as first choice for Nigeria at Afcon. This was due to the fact that he had only one cap for the Super Eagles prior to the showpiece. He would end up playing all seven games for Nigeria in Ivory Coast, keeping four clean sheets. He also played a huge role in the team finishing as runners-up at the tournament. That also saw his name and reputation skyrocket, with more European clubs reportedly on his radar, making things difficult for Chiefs.

Chiefs looking for Khune replacement

Beyond European interest, Chiefs arch-rivals Orlando Pirates were also believed to have entered the race. In fact, this publication had reported they were willing to swap Ghana’s number one Richard Ofori for Nwabali. That deal is also thought to involve a cash exchange. Whatever the Buccaneers end up doing in their pursuit, doesn’t seem like Amakhosi will be willing to match. 

Now earlier on Thursday, this publication reported that Chiefs were looking to return to Richards Bay’s Salim Magoola. Furthermore, it has now been suggested that Amakhosi are also interested in Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Veli Mothwa.

Although back as AmaZulu number one, Mothwa has spent the bulk of the season as second choice. Some schoolboy errors saw the veteran drop down the pecking order at Usuthu. Now after winning Man of the Match against them, he has been linked with a move to Chiefs. 

Mothwa the man?

“According to Siya sources, Kaizer Chiefs are in the market for an experienced goalkeeper. This suggests it could be the end of the road for Itumeleng Khune. It has emerged that AmaZulu veteran shot-stopper Veli Mothwa is a potential replacement, although no formal discussions have been held with the Bafana Bafana international at this stage. Mothwa, like Khune, could be playing his final game for Usuthu on Saturday afternoon when they host Golden Arrows in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby. He is yet to be offered a new deal and it’s understood there’s a possibility the two parties will not come to an agreement. And this is where Chiefs could come in and consider the 33-year-old as someone to fill the void likely to be left by Khune.” Soccer-Laduma wrote. 

With Khune set to leave, Chiefs are thought to be looking at experienced keeper to join. He would then compete with Bruce Bvuma and Brandon Petersen. Could that be Mothwa?