Timu ya Wananchi sees 27-year-old Zambian striker as the best possible solution to add more goals to the squad
The director of investments of GSM – the partners of Yanga SC – Hersi Said, is expected to land in South Africa for discussions with Kaizer Chiefs on a possible transfer of Lazarous Kambole, Goal can report.
A few days ago, Said was in DR Congo where he negotiated the transfer of Djuma Shabani from AS Vita to Yanga and is now expected to travel south to meet with Amakhosi officials for talks on the Zambian star.
Goal understands that Shabani has already agreed in principle to join Timu ya Wananchi for a two-year contract.
“Said is in the sky to make our transfer deals,” said a source close to Yanga Goal. “You must have noted that he was in Kinshasa a few days ago and is now heading south to see what the club has to say about Kambole.
“We want to complete these transfers as soon as possible so that we can focus on what matters most ahead of the new season.”
The Zambian failed to settle at Naturena and has only scored one goal in 39 appearances for the Chiefs, and this season he has failed to score in 22 appearances.
Apart from Kambole and Shabani, Goal understands that AS Vita’s Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele is also a primary transfer target for the record-breaking Tanzanian champions.
Timu ya Wananchi is expected to prioritize signing forwards after Fiston Abouldrazak and Michael Sarpong fell short of expectations.
Sarpong was signed before the start of the season and so far is not in the top five scorers. Abdoulrazak arrived during the mid-season transfer window but was unable to challenge Saidi Ntibazonkiza and Yacouba Sogne for a starting place.
Makusu is set to return to AS Vita after failing to replicate his previous scoring form while on loan from the Orlando Pirates of the Premier Soccer League.
The AS Vita star struggled to fully recover from a leg injury, but Yanga considers it one of the best solutions to their problem nonetheless, according to reports.
Mukoko Tonombe and Tuisila Kisinda, two of the DR Congo stars at the club, have reportedly expressed support for the movements of their international counterparts.
If the talks between Kambole and Makusu don’t bear fruit, the rumored third option on Jangwani’s giants roster is AS Vita’s Fiston Mayele. Mayele has scored 12 goals during the season and helped the club win the League A title.
He finished second in the top scorers standings behind Jean Baleke of the Tour Puissant Mazembe, who has found the back of the net 14 times. Yanga is set to face a challenge, however, as Mayele is at the heart of coach Florent Ibenge’s plans for the next campaign.
Dark Kabangu, the DR Congo league’s third-best forward with nine goals, is also reportedly on Yanga SC’s transfer wishlist.
Timu ya Wananchi Ivorian striker Magbi Gbagbo is also rumored to be interested.
He had sparked interest from the Tanzanian giants during the previous midseason transfer, but Wydad Casablanca were unwilling to start talks regarding the forward’s transfer.