Chiefs set to miss out on European striker


East African giants Simba SC have taken advantage of Kaizer Chiefs’ hesitancy to sign a European forward by closing in on a transfer that will rank as a major coup for the club.

Romanian forward Daniel Popa will now be heading to Tanzania champions Simba SC after reaching an agreement on a transfer fee.

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Popa was offered to Chiefs after they showed initial interest, which they have not actively followed up considering the pending transfer situation of Samir Nurkovic.

Bobby Motaung, the Chiefs football manager discussed the Romanian on several occasions only to then reveal that a transfer will only be dependent on what happens with Nurkovic.

While Chiefs have been indecisive, Simba has acted quickly will now complete the 26-year-old’s signing this week.

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Simba will compete in the Champions League again this season after winning the domestic league title yet again.

KickOff have been reliable informed that Simba are seeking to strengthen their attacking options after they sold Luis Miquissone to Al Ahly.

For now, negotiations are ongoing with regards to Popa’s salary which will stretch towards just over R3 million per year on a three-year deal. 

AmaZulu also showed interest but were put off by the transfer fee demanded by Romanian outift AFC Chindia Targoviste after head coach Benni McCarthy made initial enquiries. 

Popa has been capped at the Under-21 level for Romania and comes highly-rated but having only ever played in his home country.

Simba have in recent weeks also raised a hand of interest in transfer-listed Chiefs forward Lazarous Kambole.

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