Kaizer Chiefs sign Kambole to end scoring woes

13 June 2019 | Sports

Kaizer Chiefs fans will be hoping that the signing of Lazarous Kambole from Zesco United will be a step in the right direction as the Soweto club looks to improve their fortunes after an unhappy 2018/19 season.

The Zambian international has joined on a three-year deal from Zesco, with whom he won the championship in 2017 and 2018.

“Kambole joins Chiefs! Kaizer Chiefs have agreed on a deal to sign Lazarous Kambole from Zesco United FC on a three-year contract,” the Glamour Boys tweeted.

“Kambole is 25 years old and will join Amakhosi effectively on 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022.”

Chiefs finished their previous campaign in an unprecedented ninth position on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) table. The club is now trophyless for the last four seasons after they lost in the Nedbank Cup final to second-tier club TS Galaxy.

Like his predecessor Giovanni Solinas, Ernst Middendorp has not been an overly popular choice as head coach, while before that, supporters had also grown impatient towards the latter stages of Steve Komphela's three-year tenure.

Coaches can't score goals though, and it's been pretty clear to see that Amakhosi's struggles have largely emanated from their lack of firepower.

Last season, Zimbabwean international Khama Billiat bagged five league goals, with his former Sundowns strike partner Leonardo Castro finding the net four times. The next highest scorers were central defender Daniel Cardoso and midfield anchorman Willard Katsande, who netted three each.

The season before, the joint top scorers were Bernard Parker, Gustavo Paez and Ryan Moon, with just four league goals each. In the past two campaigns, Amakhosi have managed just 60 goals in 60 league matches; by comparison Sundowns netted 89 goals in the same number of games.

Now Chiefs fans will be hoping that Kambole can perhaps be the catalyst for a brighter future.

He has netted seven times in 15 matches for the senior Zambian side and has an impressive 14 goals in 22 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup matches, including one against Chiefs in January this year in a 5-2 aggregate win for Zesco.

He could potentially make his debut for Amakhosi on 28 July in the Carling Cup against Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium.