Kaizer Chiefs Thabo Cele

Former Kaizer Chiefs target Thabo Cele has impressed overseas. Photo: Facebook – Unplayable ZA

Former Chiefs target admits move to SA was ‘really close’

Talented midfielder Thabo Cele, who was previously linked to Kaizer Chiefs, has revealed why he opted against coming back to South Africa.

Kaizer Chiefs Thabo Cele

Former Kaizer Chiefs target Thabo Cele has impressed overseas. Photo: Facebook – Unplayable ZA

Thabo Cele was part of the South Africa under-23 team at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, where he emerged as one of the standout performers in the team.

The talented playmaker has since been making quite an impact in Poland at Radomiak Radom, a club he joined after the Olympics.

Before he signed for the Polish club, the KwaMashu-born star was heavily linked with Kaizer Chiefs and was also said to be interested in joining the Soweto giants.

However, any deal eventually failed to materialise, and Cele has now explained why the move didn’t materialise, although he didn’t specifically mention Kaizer Chiefs.

“For me, I would say, it was really close to happening, me coming back to South Africa,” Cele said during a Twitter Space, as quoted by FARPost.

“But at the end of the day, I had to sit with myself and think about the decision… I decided that for me right now, as much as I’m 25 years old, I still feel like I have time to get to where I want to ever since I came to Europe. So I decided to stay this side.”


South African midfielder Thabo Cele unveiled by Radomiak Radom on 12 October 2021. Photo: Radomiak website

Meanwhile, in other news, Chiefs are apparently interested in a new midfield target from a PSL rival, but they will need to exhibit some patience in their pursuit.

According to the latest edition of Soccer Laduma, Chiefs are said to have a real interest in AmaZulu midfielder Sphesihle Maduna, who has come-of-age in recent seasons.

It’s reported that the 22-year-old’s contract will come to an end after this season, meaning Chiefs could possibly look to hook him up on a pre-contract in January.

With the transfer window opening soon, it will certainly be interesting to see who Amakhosi may look to target in order to boost a squad that showed encouraging signs of an upward trajectory just before the FIFA World Cup break.

Chiefs are currently fourth on the DStv Premiership log

Kaizer Chiefs’ senior team returned to training last week to start preparing for the resumption of the 2022-23 DStv Premiership programme, and coach Arthur Zwane reported a virtually clean bill of health for the entire squad.

Notably, coach Arthur Zwane has confirmed that the team will play some ‘friendlies’ before returning to league action on New Year’s Eve.

“We’ve got a few friendlies lined up and these will help with us with our fitness levels before we play that competitive match on New Year’s eve against Arrows. We hope that no one picks up any injury during the next four weeks so we are ready for that particular game,” he said.