Bidvest Wits forward Sibusiso Vilakazi might have given us a clue as to which team he will sign for in the current transfer window with a post on his Instagram account.
Vilakazi took a picture of his black and yellow sneakers, colours that are synonyms with Amakhosi.
The post got 214 likes as well as a number of comments from Chiefs fans welcoming him to the Village, while other fans didn’t rule out a move to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Gavin Hunt says Sibusiso Vilakazi’s loss of form is the reason he was left out for Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Platinum Stars.
Vilakazi only played the last few minutes of the match as Wits lost further ground in the Absa Premiership title race.
“Did you see him on Sunday (against Celtic)?” said Hunt.
“You should have. His headspace is fine, he is just a little bit out of touch. There is no problem. Phakamani (Mahlambi) has also been out of the side. We need to rotate, Daine Klate and Elias Pelembe also can’t play every week.”
Hunt also praised the contribution of Wits’ striker James Keene, whose impact has been instant since joining in the January transfer window. Keene scored a tremendous goal against Stars.
“Keene was brilliant, last week he wasn’t going to play but then he scored a hat trick, he has five goals in five games.”
If Keene has strengthened the Wits attack, the Clever Boys have been making poor mistakes at the back, conceding seven goals in their past five league games.
“I thought our strongest part would be our defending and that is where we have been poorest,” said Hunt.
“We have been poor, especially the last five or six games, we need to improve our concentration. (But) I thought defensively we were really good this evening … we deserved the three points but we didn’t get it.”
Reports yesterday claimed that the former PSL Player-of-the-Season is on the verge of a move to Naturena. This has sparked debate to whether this is the main reason for Amakhosi scheduling a press conference for Wednesday.
Following the announcement that Chiefs will not be offering new contracts to a number of players including Itumeleng Khune, Tefu Mashamaite and Mandla Masango – plus the resignation of coach Stuart Baxter – Chiefs are expected to announce the club’s new additions for the next season along with a new coach. Steve Khompela, who is reported to be on the verge of resigning at Maritzburg United, is touted as the possible replacement for Baxter.
Former Dutch international Ernie Brandts is also in the running for the top job.
But a source at the club believes Chiefs would be shooting themselves on the foot if they sign new players without the consent of the new coach.
“This was the biggest reason why Baxter left,” said the source. “He was frustrated that management would pick and sign players and he would be forced to play them. It didn’t sit well with him.
“So they must wait for the coach first to avoid what happened with Baxter.”
But Vilakazi would not be drawn in on what he has termed “rumours” and that he would only entertain offers from abroad.
The Clever Boys had already put the “not-for-sale” tag on Vilakazi for local clubs. “Basically, my main objective is to stay with Wits,” Vilakazi said, “unless something happens overseas.
“I would consider an offer from overseas, but for now I’m with Wits.”
Chiefs are also expected to confirm the arrival of Free State Stars defender Daniel Cardoso, whose move has been one of the worst kept secrets since the opening of the transfer window.