Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt says the FIFA transfer ban has seen them lose out on several targets but admits it could be a blessing in disguise.
Chiefs have been handicapped in the transfer window with their inability to register players and have seen the likes of Thabang Monare move to their fierce rivals Orlando Pirates due to the current circumstances.
As they await the outcome of their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), time is slipping away as the window deadline on November 17 looms, which Hunt eluded to after admitting their preferred targets can't wait any longer.
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"It's very difficult to try and sign players and promise them the ban will be lifted, so that's very difficult from that perspective, but the other thing if you look at the flip side, many of the players that were here last year need to prove that they can do it," he said.
"It's a great opportunity, it's exactly the same squad, nobody new, nobody going out and players must realise they can prove they can do it again and if they want to do it.
"The signing of players is out of my control, it's at the administration level, there's nothing I can do about that. I can identify 20 players but they can't come in and the market you see players are going to other clubs because they can't sit around hoping that Chiefs will sign them."
Amakhosi open their season with the MTN8 quarter-final clash against Maritzburg United on Sunday at FNB Stadium (15h00).