Khaya Ndubane
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1 Oct 2021
12:31 pm

Cele left disappointed and confused by Kaizer Chiefs snub

Khaya Ndubane

Cele left disappointed by failed Chiefs move.

SA Under-23 midfielder Thabo Cele has opened up about his failed move to Kaizer Chiefs. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

South Africa Under-23 star Thabo Cele has opened up about his failed move to Kaizer Chiefs.

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Cele was heavily linked with Chiefs after his impressive displays for David Notoane’s side in the Olympics in Tokyo, but that move failed to materialise.

Speaking to Thabiso Mosia on SAFM on Thursday, Cele, who has been based in Portugal since 2016, said he was ready to move back to South Africa to join his childhood club and was left disappointed after the deal fell through. Cele has since joined Polish side RKS Radomiak.

“I wasn’t really thinking about coming back home until there was serious interest from Kaizer Chiefs, but the negotiations fell through. I’m a fan of Chiefs and even my family supports Chiefs. So I was looking forward to it” said Cele said during the radio interview.

“I had an offer in Poland, there was interest from Portugal. I waited for the move to Chiefs to happen but it didn’t happen. The club in Poland then came back with better communication. I’m not sure what happened with Chiefs. I was even watching their games. I was ready.”

“Some people would have seen it a step back coming back home. But Kaizer Chiefs is big club and I viewed it as a great opportunity to play in South Africa and also use it as an opportunity to go back to Europe.

“Money was not the reason the deal to Chiefs fell through. Like I said, the negotiations were very smooth with Kaizer Chiefs, everything was going well. I really don’t know what happened,” continued Cele.

“But I have now moved to Poland, I’m looking forward to playing here. I’m excited. They are likely to use me as an 8. I’m also encouraged by the Bafana coach picking young players for his squads and they are doing well and I wish them all the best against Ethiopia.”