Is Kambole still worthy of Chiefs spot?

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Kaizer Chiefs forward Lazarous Kambole has endured a largely underwhelming stay at the club thus far, and KickOff.com's Lovemore Moyo has raised questions over his future.

For all the hype that greeted Kambole’s arrival at Chiefs at the beginning of last season, the Zambian forward has shrunk into what is normally categorised as flop in football terms and leaves questions hanging as to whether he is worthy of remaining in Naturena.

A return of just a single goal in 26 appearances relegates Kambole to the same group as the likes of Halidou Malam, Wasiu Ipaye, Luke Jukulile Petros, Lewis Macha, Gustavo Paez, Michelle Katsvairo, Camaldine Abraw and Serge Djiehoua as foreign strikers who failed to justify why their signing with Chiefs in the PSL era.

By any forward's standards, his return is poor regardless of whether he is played at centre forward, or on the left or right side of attack.

He also does not compensate for his lack of goals with assists, so for all the running and effort that defines his game, he hasn’t delivered on that one important end-product for a forward, which is goals.

This season Kambole has played a total of 433 minutes without a goal, while last term he racked up all of 859 minutes, only to score just once against Stellenbosch FC.

He has now totalled 1292 minutes through his time at Chiefs, which is equal to 14 shifts of 90 minutes.

His confidence is obviously on a freefall as he is even battling for game time of late, which may be an indication that he needs to start thinking about a move away from the Soweto giants for the sake of progress in his career, especially with Chiefs’ transfer ban lapsing soon.

Considering that Gavin Hunt has far bigger issues within his squad to worry about, lifting the morale of one player that has failed to take his opportunites so far will be the least of his priorities.

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