Kaizer Chiefs may enhance their proposed deal for Sibongiseni Mthethwa by including an academy graduate who is currently struggling to secure playing time.
Recent reports on The South African website have confirmed that Amakhosi have submitted a bid to acquire Mthethwa from Stellenbosch FC, with a deadline looming on Friday.
In a bid to sweeten the deal, it has been revealed, according to UnplayableZA, that Kaizer Chiefs is prepared to offer Stellenbosch FC a combination of cash and a player, with Happy Mashiane being identified as the likely player to be included in the package.
The Plight of Happy Mashiane at Kaizer Chiefs
Happy Mashiane’s journey at Kaizer Chiefs has taken a challenging turn, as he has found himself descending the pecking order within the team.
This decline in his standing within the squad can be traced back to the CAF Champions League final against Al Ahly in 2021, where Kaizer Chiefs suffered a 3-0 defeat, with Mashiane receiving a red card during the first half of the match.
Subsequently, Mashiane’s form and opportunities have dwindled significantly, and he has struggled to regain his previous level of performance.
𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗦𝗙𝗘𝗥 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦#UNPLAYABLE sources confirm Kaizer Chiefs may include Happy Mashiane as part of their offer to sign Sibongiseni Mthethwa from Stellenbosch.
"Cash + player is an option," says our source.
— #UNPLAYABLE (@UnplayableZA) September 18, 2023
Implications for Mashiane and Kaizer Chiefs
Should Happy Mashiane agree to the transfer to Stellenbosch FC, he would join the ranks of several other players who have left Kaizer Chiefs during the current transfer window.
Furthermore, this move would mark the second instance in this transfer window where a player has transitioned directly from Kaizer Chiefs to Stellenbosch FC, with Kgaogelo Sekgota being the previous addition on a free transfer.
Kaizer Chiefs’ willingness to include Happy Mashiane in their bid to sign Sibongiseni Mthethwa reflects their commitment to securing the transfer.
The player exchange demonstrates the dynamic nature of player negotiations in the world of football, where clubs often seek creative solutions to meet the demands of both parties involved.
For Happy Mashiane, this move could represent an opportunity to revitalize his career and rediscover his form, while Kaizer Chiefs aim to strengthen their squad with the addition of Mthethwa.
The transfer window’s fluidity and the interconnectedness of clubs make for intriguing storylines within the footballing world.