Ranga Chivaviro

Kaizer Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson speaks about his plan for striker Ranga Chivaviro. Image Source: (@DFA/Twitter)

Kaizer Chiefs kissing many frogs, but when will they find a prince?

It’s been a while since the mighty Kaizer Chiefs had a reliable number 9. When last did they actually sign a top-class striker to reliably score goals?

Ranga Chivaviro

Kaizer Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson speaks about his plan for striker Ranga Chivaviro. Image Source: (@DFA/Twitter)

Kaizer Chiefs need to start finding some good deals in the transfer market at the sharp end of the pitch and it needs to happen in January.

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Tall Burundian striker Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana started life well at Naturena but the goals dried up completely at the turn of the year and he was shipped out. The jury is still out on Christian Saile, although most of his good work comes in wide areas as opposed to through the middle. Then there’s Jasond Gonzalez. The 24-year-old Colombian joined in August on a season-long loan deal. However, his time at Naturena could already be drawing to a close after just six outings in the famous black and gold. He’s yet to score and Chiefs management is entertaining a reported offer from FCSB in Romania.

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Christian Saile of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates during the Dstv Premiership 2022/23 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Royal AM at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on 29 January 2023 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix


The Glamour Boys scored just 32 goals in 30 league outings last term. That’s not so glamorous. Sure, the strikers need to feed off quality chances and perhaps creativity has also been an issue, but the buck stops with the men up front. In addition, they conceded 33 times, making them the only side in the top six with a negative goal difference in 2022-23.

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Saturday will see the 177th meeting between Kaizer Chiefs and their Soweto neighbours Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium. Photo: Samuel Shivambu – BackpagePix


Pule Mmodi has started okay, although he’s utilized in a wide role and can’t be assessed as a number 9, but it must be noted that he has an eye for the spectacular. His latest strike against Polokwane is evidence of that. Ranga Chivaviro has been injured for the majority of his Chiefs career so we’ll need to see more of him in the side before making judgment, but he’s scored just a single league goal in his Chiefs career after 10 appearances, and that was against Cape Town Spurs. Ashley du Preez, like Mmodi, has shown glimpses of quality but isn’t the man to lead the line and is also absent until February. Is Samir Nurković the most recent striker success story for Chiefs in the transfer market?

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Mmodi is Amakhosi’s player of the moment. ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Who would you like to see the club signing in January to add firepower?

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