According to a trusted source, Kaizer Chiefs have completed the signing of Stellenbosch FC forward Ashley du Preez.
Du Preez had been a player of particular interest to the Chiefs, having plagued them in recent years, but the latest news suggests that is about to change.
Du Preez is steadily improving.
The 24-year-old has been a member of the Stellenbosch first squad for six seasons, having burst onto the scene during the club’s inaugural season in the DStv Premiership. Despite being a dangerous and dynamic player, maybe du Preez’s biggest flaw was his lack of final product.
This season, that statistic has changed slightly, as the player has nine goals and two assists to his credit. Those efforts have been recognized, as he has been called up to Hugo Broos’ Bafana Bafana squad for the first time.
That achievement may have prompted Chiefs to rush the du Preez transaction, as a reliable source inside the Stellenbosch structures informed The South African News that the deal to bring the former junior international to Naturena has been completed. It was widely reported earlier this week that Amakhosi management had asked Stellenbosch regarding the player’s availability and had been given a price.
Now, if the information is correct, it appears that the Soweto giants have finally met that demand and secured their man!
Chiefs have signed two Stellenbosch players.
Du Preez would be the second Stellenbosch player to join Chiefs this week if the reports are true. Coach Steve Barker announced earlier this week that centre back Zitha Kwinika will join his boyhood club for the upcoming season. It has been claimed that any prospective trade for du Preez could require Happy Mashiane switching sides. The insider claimed to have heard the rumors as well, but that no one he knows had confirmed them.
The Chiefs are headed for a huge overhaul at the end of this season after yet another year without a championship, with a mass departure likely. To counteract this migration, the Glamour Boys are anticipated to invest extensively in young, talented footballers in the hopes of restoring the club’s golden days.