Chiefs monitor Mbondi, release Ebah
Posted: 28 September 2017 Time: 14:29
Kaizer Chiefs’ chase for a central forward remains alive with Cameroon forward Christ Mbondi still being assessed while his countryman Julien Ebah has been released.
Chiefs have been on a hunt for a box striker since the start of the season with Argentine forward Jonathan Javier Philippe being brought in for trials but not being signed just like Darren Lurie.
“We are still checking. We had two but one has left already from Cameroon Ebah and there is one left [Mbondi],” says Steve Komphela, the Chiefs coach.
“We are at the final days of assessment and we need to be satisfied that the decision that we take is right. If not, you cannot then take a hasty decision because of pressure. The moment you take such a decision you commit an error, you have gone back. The amount of time that you give to a player in a contract… that is the amount of time that you are wasting or gaining so we cannot afford time to be wasting time by signing people we feel we are under pressure and they are not going to help us or fit. So we are still in that process,” explains Komphela.
Mbondi (25) is a journeyman striker who has played in Cameroon, Switzerland, Thailand, and Algeria while he most recently plied his trade in Paraguay.
The high number of players that Chiefs has invited for unsuccessful trials in their search for a target man has raised questions about the club’s scouting networks which Komphela is defending.
“You can never get tired in football. The day you get tired in football then get out and go and sleep. You have to keep working. You wake up in the morning and work. The minute we don’t have a job to do we don’t have a job at our environment. So you cannot get tired. Keep trying and you will find. To find [Lionel] Messi it might take you 3000 days but the day you find Messi then for 10-15 years you would have left history in football,” he says.