While veteran striker Bernard Parker leads the votes with 100 000 votes for Chiefs, following him in the second-placed is Kambole – a player who was confirmed only last month as a new Chiefs player.
The Zambia international striker is promising to repay the fan’s faith come this weekend. This as Amakhosi prepare for their much-expected last pre-season match against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Amongst the four new players at Chiefs, Kambole is the most popular name having been signed from Zambian champions Zesco United. He holds the record for having scored the fastest hat-trick in the CAF Champions League when Zesco beat Mbabane Swallows in Eswatini two years ago.
Ghanaian midfielder James Kotei is one of the new holding midfielders at Amakhosi and he will be competing with the likes of George Maluleka for a starting berth. The former Simba FC player also knows that he has to prove himself.
Kearyn Baccus is another holding midfielder and despite Chiefs’ 2-1 loss to Township Rollers in a friendly match in Botswana this past weekend, he’s said to have impressed.
Baccus comes from Australia but is a South African born having left Durban as an eight year-old. As they were being unveiled at the Naturena Village last night, Baccus revealed that he’s been negotiating with Chiefs since last year.
SABC Sports Journalist Velile Mnyandu caught up with James Kotei and Kearyn Baccus:
– Report by Velile Mnyandu