IT appears as if Chippa United still have their cheque book out, with the club now linked to two international players, Burkina Faso striker Aristide Bance and Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
Immediately after unveiling 10 new players, Chilli Boys’ chairman Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi said two further players would be joining the team.
He said neither were South African, but did not name them.
“Two more big names are coming. These are international players, a striker and a goalkeeper.
“The goalkeeper is a Nigerian. He is already here in SA but we are still finalising his deal,” he said on Monday.
“We are also trying to finalise our negotiations with Mamelodi Sundowns with Thamsanqa Sangweni. We enjoyed a good run when he was with us last season.
“We are left with 13 players from our old squad. Our target is to have 30 players this season.”
The Chilli Boys are in Cape Town for a pre-season camp and will return to Port Elizabeth a week prior to their opening game against mighty Kaizer Chiefs.
According to Kick Off magazine, 30-year-old Bance was spotted in the Western Cape.
He is a member of the Burkina Faso national team and has made three appearances at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments for his country.
Meanwhile, club captain James Okwuosa said the players are happy to have Roger Sikhakhane back as their head coach this season.
The Chilli Boys announced last week that Sikhakhane will head up the club this season.
His right-hand man is David “Major” Bright, the team said early this week in Cape Town.
“The players are more excited now. Roger understands the players and the players understand him.
“He brings some kind of happiness to the team.
“As you know, sport deals with teamwork and players are happy to have Roger back,” Okwuosa said.
The Nigerian right-back said the new players will bring positive competition among the squad members.
“It is always nice when the team makes new signings as it brings challenges and competition into the team.
“I think it will help the team to perform better this season,” he said.