Kaizer Chiefs to decide on Argentine trialist Javier Philippe by the end of the week
Posted: 2 August 2017 Time: 11:06
KickOff.com has been informed that Kaizer Chiefs will make a call on Argentine forward Jonathan Javier Philippe this week after undergoing medicals.
Philippe has been training with Amakhosi since last week and the continuation of his assessment gives an indication that the Soweto giants have seen something of interest in him.
Word reaching this website is that there will be meetings, starting today, to determine Philippe’s fate, with the final decision expected before the end of the week.
The 29-year-old has already spent over a week training at Naturena under head coach Steve Komphela and it is expected that he will feature in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Chippa United in East London.
Philippe was an interested follower of events in the Soweto Derby on Saturday and was charmed by the huge crowd, having already taken a liking to the environment at Naturena.
He is said to already have an agreement in principle that will merely need to be signed, should the club decide they want to bring him on board.
The centre-forward, who previously played for the famous Boca Juniors in Argentina, is well travelled and was most recently playing for Greek second-tier club Agrotikos Asteros, while he has also plied his trade in El Salvador, Colombia, Paraguay and Switzerland.
His status as a free agent allows him to sign at any time.
Chiefs struggled in attack last season, leading to the departures of Camaldine Abraw, Siphelele Mthembu, Lewis Macha and Edward Manqele, with Michelle Katsvairo made available to any interested club on loan.
The options available up front this season are Gustavo Paez, Ryan Moon and Bernard Parker, who will enjoy the support of new signings Dumisani Zuma and Bhongolethu Jayiya.