Chippa United goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali. Image: X/Twitter

Pirates emerge as frontrunners in Nwabali chase

Kaizer Chiefs reconsider pursuit of R30m-rated Nwabali as Orlando Pirates enter the race for the Chippa United goalkeeper’s signature.


Chippa United goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali. Image: X/Twitter

Kaizer Chiefs appear to be reconsidering their pursuit of Chippa United goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali, despite the Nigerian international’s impressive performances at the recent Africa Cup of Nations. Sources close to the situation have informed the Siya crew from snl24.com that Amakhosi may pull out of the race for Nwabali’s signature.

Nwabali’s Value Skyrockets After AFCON Success

Nwabali’s stock has risen significantly following his standout displays for Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, where he helped the Super Eagles reach the final. As a result, Chippa United have reportedly placed a hefty R30 million price tag on the goalkeeper’s head.

Prior to the tournament, Nwabali had been linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs, with the Soweto giants viewing him as a potential replacement for Itumeleng Khune, whose contract is set to expire in June. However, Nwabali’s increased value may have caused Chiefs to reconsider their interest.

Orlando Pirates Enter the Race

As Kaizer Chiefs’ interest in Nwabali appears to be cooling, Orlando Pirates have emerged as potential suitors for the Chippa United shot-stopper. The Siya crew understands that the Buccaneers are exploring the possibility of making a move for Nwabali at the end of the season.

The towering goalkeeper’s performances for both club and country have not gone unnoticed, with several clubs, both locally and abroad, expressing interest in securing his services. Chippa United, however, seem determined to hold out for their R30 million valuation of the player.

Nwabali’s Future Hangs in the Balance

With Kaizer Chiefs seemingly less likely to meet Chippa United’s asking price for Nwabali, the goalkeeper’s future remains uncertain. The Chilli Boys will be hoping that other interested parties, such as Orlando Pirates, will be willing to meet their valuation of the player.

As the end of the season approaches, the race for Nwabali’s signature is set to intensify. The Siya crew will continue to monitor developments closely and provide updates on the goalkeeper’s future as the situation unfolds.

Potential Impact on Chiefs and Pirates

Should either Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates manage to secure Nwabali’s signature, the Nigerian international could prove to be a valuable addition to their squad. His experience and shot-stopping abilities could help bolster either team’s defensive line and provide a reliable presence between the posts.

However, with Chippa United’s hefty asking price, both clubs will need to carefully consider whether investing in Nwabali is a financially viable option. The decision may ultimately come down to each club’s budget and their assessment of the goalkeeper’s potential impact on their team’s performance.