Kaizer Chiefs are set to step up their interest in Bafana Bafana striker Bongani Ndulula.
Amakhosi are searching for a target man striker following the exit of Kingston Nkhatha to SuperSport United and Times Media understands that Ndulula has jumped to the front of the queue.
The AmaZulu forward, previously also on the books of Orlando Pirates, may have to wait until July to get his move though, with AmaZulu reluctant to release him this season as they battle relegation at the foot of the table.
The 25-year-old, on international duty with Bafana at the African Nations Cup, has previously spoken of his desire to make the move to Naturena and has been linked to the club for months.
The loss of Nkhatha has heightened Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter’s need, despite the arrival this month of David Zulu from Chippa United.
Katlego Mphela did make a return from injury in the recent friendly match with German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, but has not played a competitive match since August.
When on song he is among the best in the business, but could take some months to get himself back to full speed after such a long lay-off.
He has been working hard on his own over the festive season break, but is also a player who has suffered a lot from injuries in the last few seasons.
Siphelele Mthembu has hardly set the FNB Stadium alight since his move from Platinum Stars, with just a single goal and only one start to go with 16 appearances off the bench.
Bernard Parker is a player of international quality but not the target man that Baxter wants in his side for others to play off.
With a busy few months to the end of the season, including campaigning in the African Champions League, options look thin for Amakhosi.
– Nick Said