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Nkhatha set for new Chiefs deal

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WARRIORS striker Kingston Nkhata is set to be offered a new contract at South African Premiership side Kaizer Chiefs, with his handlers suggesting that negotiations will start anytime soon.

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Nkhata’s contract is set to expire at the end of this current season and his representatives Quality Talent Sports has hinted that his future will be discussed in the near future.

“They [Chiefs] have indicated that there may be a discussion [over a new contract] at some stage in the near future and that’s all,” QT Sports CEO Tim Sukazi has said.

According to Sukazi, Nkhata is one of the three Kaizer Chiefs players, including Kgotso Moleko and goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo whose contracts are getting to an end, but the club is willing to negotiate for new deals.

Sukazi, who represents the players, confirmed that Chiefs have indeed contacted him about their desire to offer his clients new contracts.

“Chiefs came to us before the start of the season, and again after the season had started, telling us that they would want to start negotiating new deals for Kingston Nkhata, Kgotso Moleko and Brilliant Khuzwayo. It is only a matter of time before we start talking to Chiefs about these players,” he added.

Nkhata has been Baxter’s main man in the striking department despite often facing some criticism for failure to score goals on a regular basis.

The striker who turns 29 next week, is in his third season with Chiefs and he has scored 19 goals in 82 appearances, including 24 as a substitute.

The other good news concerning Zimbos playing in the Absa Premiership is the return to full fitness of Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Khama Billiat.

According to Sundowns’ official website, Billiat is on his second week of full training and have even featured in a few friendly matches during the PSL break.

Billiat has been out action since the end of last season where he fractured a bone on his foot.

He featured and scored a goal in his team’s 2-0 win over Chippa United in the Multichoice Diski Challenge last week.

The Warriors midfielder is expected to make his return to full competitive match when Sundowns host Bidvest Wits University in a league match on Saturday evening.

Still in the Absa Premiership, Wilfred Mugeyi is still in charge of AmaZulu as caretaker coach and could be given the position on a substantive basis.

AmaZulu said a substantive coach will be announced before the end of this month.

“Until such a decision is made, the status quo will remain. Wilfred Mugeyi will remain as Caretaker Coach and carry out all the responsibilities of the Head Coach. The club will release a statement as soon as a decision is made on the matter. The directors are hoping to finalise this issue before the end of October 2014,” read a statement on the club’s website yesterday.

Mugeyi took over after AmaZulu froze Craig Rosslee’s contract and his first competitive match was on Saturday last week when AmaZulu fought from 2-0 to beat Bloemfontein Celtic 3-2 in the Telkom Knockout. It was the team’s first competitive win of the season, a feat that drew praise from AmaZulu captain and Warriors man Carlington Nyadombo.

“We’re eager to fight and die for the team, we have the energy and I believe we need to work extra harder. Sometimes you need luck in football and that’s why we need to work hard and hopefully things will change for us,” said Nyadombo.

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