The legendary Jomo Sono has tipped two new Kaizer Chiefs arrivals to add steel to their cause.
KAIZER CHIEFS MUST DELIVER AFTER A FRUITFUL WINDOW
Chiefs brought in nine new signings for the 2023-24 campaign and also saw plenty of outgoings. ‘The Black Prince of South African Soccer’ has given the club his stamp of approval. He believes two new signings in particular can transform their fortunes.
“I looked at Chiefs. I saw Chiefs play two games, and I firmly believe they are dark horses,” said Sono. “Not [necessarily] to win the league, but to challenge Mamelodi Sundowns because they have signed some very good players. “I saw them against Sundowns and Sekhukhune United for 90 minutes [watched the entire game]. They played very well.”
“The problem with Chiefs before was that they brought in all these players and did not know where who should play.”
SONO SEES STEEL IN THE NEW CHIEFS MIDFIELD
Jomo Sono has been particularly impressed by Venezuelan schemer Edson Castillo and he also believes brand new arrival Sibongiseni Mthethwa will be a critical piece in the puzzle. 29-year-old Castillo has already shown off his knack for scoring goals, striking four times in 11 appearances.
“They have the central midfielder, Castillo. He is in a different class. Now they’ve got Mthethwa, and they will be too formidable,” added Sono.
“He [Castillo] defends when the team is under pressure. He’s always there helping. But he also gets into the box. He’s dangerous because he gets into the box without the ball. He makes those blind runs into the box. If you look at most of our midfielders, they get into the box with the ball.
“The moment he goes wide, he sneaks into the box and gets in at the right time. He scores, he doesn’t miss. He is a very good central midfielder.”
“With him and Mthethwa, I see them [Amakhosi] being very strong. I think Chiefs are getting it right; it’s just that supporters get frustrated quickly.”
Chiefs have not won silverware in any form since their PSL title in 2014-15.
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