Kaizer Chiefs' hopes of competing with Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates in making preliminary signings ahead of next season are looking slim.
Chiefs are currently under a strict transfer ban handed down by world football governing body FIFA in February over the signing of 'Dax' Andrianarimanana from Madagascan side Fosa Juniors.
Though the club has submitted an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), it appears as though they have set aside their hopes of being awarded a suspension of the ban until their hearing, which is scheduled for September 9.
Amakhosi football manager Bobby Motaung tells KickOff.com they are prepared to wait on CAS to decide their fate, with no word on a possible suspension having come from FIFA.
"We have appealed [the FIFA ban], so we'll wait. We're going in September. We still haven't received a response on that [request for a suspension]," 'Bobsteak' confirms.
With the 2019/20 PSL season set to resume soon – though no official date has been announced yet – the transfer window will only open once the current campaign has been completed, which is likely to be at the beginning of September.
Should Chiefs be successful in their appeal and have their ban overturned, they might then still have time to engage in the market before it slams shut and the 2020/21 season takes full flight.
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