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Thanda Royal Zulu hitman Mhlengi Cele flattered by interest from Kaizer Chiefs

Posted: 28 November 2016 Time: 10:58

Thanda Royal Zulu striker Mhlengi Cele welcomes interest from Kaizer Chiefs following speculation that the Gauteng powerhouse have earmarked him as a potential recruit.

Chiefs coach Steve Komphela and manager Bobby Motaung kept tabs on Cele from the stands when he turned out for the National First Division leaders against AmaZulu a week ago.

It is no secret that the Glamour Boys are looking to remedy their goal scoring problem with Cele seemingly identified as the solution to their profligacy.

Cele, who stated early in the season that he is gunning for the first division's golden boot, states that he is pleased that a big club are taking notice of him.

"I heard that they [Chiefs coach and manager] were there and news of that sort is always welcome and I think when you're doing well clubs will start to take notice of you," Cele tells

"When you are a footballer you don’t know who is watching you and you have to be on top of your game all the time. So that news really motivates me to work harder and I have to use this opportunity.

"Of course it [Chiefs] is the club that has a special place in my heart and obviously every player dreams of playing for bigger clubs." 

The 29-year-old Cele has netted 12 league goals this season, a tally that has helped AmaBhubesi remain unbeaten so far this season.

However, he does have competition at the top end of the scoring charts as Royal Eagles striker Sedywn George drew level with him on 12 this past weekend courtesy of a brace University of Pretoria.

Cele, who hasn't scored in his past three outings despite looking menacing against Jomo Cosmos on Sunday, underlines why he is experiencing a dry patch whilst George continues to rack up the goals.

"When you're striker and you suddenly stop scoring, you feel despondent but I think not scoring it’s not an issue, because the team is clocking wins and some of the players are scoring," he explained.

"What is most important and what we're eyeing right now is for the club to gain promotion. But it [not scoring] is challenging now and as a player you're always under pressure to score. And with George finding the back of net, I have no problem with that. I feel things are on his side. If you have notice, George started scoring in the last few games and scored many goals in the process and players have not taken a notice of him.

"For me I feel that clubs are tightly marking me. But, as I said, it’s not much of an issue because the team is performing well and other guys are scoring goals."

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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