Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are set to reignite their rivalry during the off-season for the signature of Bloemfontein Celtic striker Tshegofatso Mabasa, Phakaaathi reports.
The 22-year-old impressed at the Free State outfit in the recently-concluded season, banging in nine goals to help his side secure a conveted top-eight spot in the league, despite well-documented turmoil behind the scenes.
This saw him claim joint second place in the PSL top goal scorers chart alongside Bidvest Wits’ Gift Motupa and Pirates’ Thembinkosi Lorch.
However, according to the publication, the financial instability at Celtic could see him out of the club, with South Africa’s tw/o most popular teams said to be interested in bringing him on board.
This is after Phunya Sele Sele survived a tumultuous season off the field, with players and fans alike voicing their displeasure over the club’s dire finances.
Soweto giants come calling for Mabasa
Kaizer Chiefs are desperate to rebuild after an abysmal showing in the 2018/19 season, where they finished a lowly ninth in the league.
In 30 matches, Amakhosi only managed 33 league goals with Khama Billiat emerging as the club’s top goal scorer with a paltry five goals, while key centre forward Leonardo Castro only returned four goals in his first full season at Naturena.
The club is currently a striker short, having parted ways with Venezuelan marksman Gustavo Paez, while Ryan Moon is reportedly also set to make an exit.
The Buccaneers, on the other hand, fared a lot better up front, but will be looking to bolster their squad ahead of what will be a busy season, which includes a second consecutive Caf Champions League campaign.