KickOff.com has been informed that Kaizer Chiefs are weighing up their latest trialist with a view of striking balance in their squad following the release of veteran defender Daniel Cardoso last season.
Chiefs have had Mozambican international Edmilson Dove at their training base this week as they seek to find further solutions to their squad.
AmaKhosi only have Thabani Austin Dube as the only option in the left central defence position which was played by Cardoso in previous years.
Arthur Zwane has already made mention of the club’s desire to have a left-footed centre-back addition to his squad to enable him to have the balance that he desires.
"Modern-day trends in football demand the employment of a left-footed centre-back or a right-footed defender comfortable in advancing play from that space without delay.
"Chiefs have one left-footed centre-back and don’t have a right-footed defender who can do the same job with ease so that is why they have brought in Dove.
"Chiefs need Edmilson.
"There is little to doubt about Dove’s abilities in that role because he has long proven himself through his time at Cape Town City.
"Of all the players that Chiefs have had on trials, this is the one that they will sign.
"The plus is that there won’t be complications considering the kind of contract that he has with the club in Mozambique," says a source.
Dove has been with UD Songo in Mozambique since the beginning after his surprise departure from Cape Town City.
The 28-year-old had been a regular at City through the four years that he spent with the club.
When Dove joined UD Songo earlier this year, the club’s manager Claudio Tonetti told this website that this was an open contract.
"The agreement is a one-year deal but allows for him to go back to South Africa when the opportunity comes up.
"He still wants to play in South Africa so I’m sure he will be coming in the next transfer window," said Tonetti at the time.
UD Songo – the best paying club in Mozambique – have started off the season with six wins in six games in the Mocambola.