Kaizer Chiefs have pressed the pause button on all the players that have been on assessment with the club through the last fortnight after the return of local football.

Chiefs have had four players seeking to win contracts at their training base in Naturena this month as the club takes aim towards making reinforcements with the January transfer window opening.

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As first reported by this website Chiefs have had Mozambican attacking midfielder Amansio Joao Pita ‘Neymar’ Canhembe at training.

He featured in a training match against Swallows FC at Sturrock Park.

Based on what was seen of him he possesses qualities to play in the PSL and has been the last to leave Chiefs’ training base.

The 25-year-old came through the ranks of Sporting Lisbon but has most recently been playing in the Portuguese lower divisions.

Congolese striker Christian Saile Basomboli has also left having spent the longest period training with Chiefs of all players.

He played in a training match against University of Pretoria, but no confirmed decision has been reached on him.

Basomboli is set to feature for his Zambian club Nchanga Rangers when the Super League resumes next week.

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Chiefs need another striker having relied on Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana so far.

The two German-based players Stanely Ratifo and Maurizio Macorig are already back in Germany having left Chiefs earlier this week.

Ratifo (28) is a striker born in Germany to a Mozambican father and German mother and has played all of his club career football in the German lower divisions with his current club being 1.CfR Pforzheim who play in the Oberliga Baden-Wurternberg (fifth tier league).

With Macorig he is German but of Italian roots and plays both as a defender and holding midfielder.

He is also currently in the books of 1.CfR Pforzheim and the club has just announced that he has extended his contract for another two years.

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Macorig (25) came through the ranks of Karlsruher SC and then had stints at Bissingen and Wormatia Worm before arriving at 1.CfR in 2020 and has since featured in 71 games scoring 12 goals with four assists.

All four players are on hold at Chiefs.

AmaKhosi also put Bimenyimana on hold at the beginning of the season after he trained with the club for almost a month before ultimately asking him to return.


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