Kaizer Chiefs have made their intentions of challenging for league honours very clear when they unveiled four new recruits and a technical advisor on Wednesday.
Chiefs unveiled striker Leonardo Castro, midfielders Siphelele Ntshangase and Kabelo Mahlasela and promoted defender Siphesakhe Ntiya-Ntiya to the first team.
They were joined by Dutch football professor Rob Hutting, who is the new technical advisor.
After struggling to make an impact in the past two and half seasons, coach Steve Komphela believes the new acquisitions will make an instant impact to the side.
However, they will have to do without Mahlasela, who is out for three months with a knee injury he sustained during his first training session with the club.
But the pint-sized midfielder, who joined from Bloemfontein Celtic, has vowed to bounce back saying he was a “big boy”.
Chiefs are fourth on the table – eight points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Amakhosi football manager Bobby Motaung said they were not yet done on the transfer market and could add one or two more faces before the window closes at the end of the month.
“The market is never done but so far we are content with what we have and acquired,” said an excited Motaung.
“We still have challenges in terms of scoring goals. We are playing good football but we need certain qualities and this has not been a challenge only now, it has been for the past two seasons,” added Motaung.
He was quick to point out that the new technical advisor was not after Komphela’s job but was there in an advisory role to give support to the technical staff – both in the senior team and the academy.
“The relationship with Rob started last year in June. We have been doing our research together with the chairman and the coach,” he said.
Chiefs are set to unleash their new signings in front of the Amakhosi faithful when they face Polokwane City at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening. They were hopeful that Colombian striker Castro would have received his work permit by then.
Kick off 8.15pm.