South Africa u23 midfielder Thabo Cele is reportedly close to finalising his future having been linked with Kaizer Chiefs, after his trial with Radomiak in Poland.
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Cele was believed to have impressed the Radomiak coach enough to start contract negotiations, before talks hit a snag, along Chiefs back into the picture.
Cele attracted both local and international interest at the Olympics
The former KZN Academy graduate formed part of the South Africa u23 side that participated at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and was the teams stand out performer as especially in the first two games, losses against hosts Japan and France in a end to end fixture. Those performances from not only impressed the likes of Chiefs and Amazulu in South Africa, but the likes of Radomiak in Poland too.
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While at the Olympics Cele’s agent as well a close friend of the player both confirmed that Cele’s primary ambition was to remain in Europe, having spent the entirety of his senior football career in the lower leagues of Portugal, where he most recently featured Cova da Piedade. They both confirmed that the player would only consider the likes of Chiefs and any other local clubs should a move to a European league not materialise, but it seems like it will happen through Radomiak.
He had already negotiated with Radomiak
In the last two months, Cele had already reached advanced negotiations with Radomiak, before the club’s coach came out slamming his agent for demanding too much of a commission for him, and that was seemingly the reason why this deal that looked so promising hit a snag initially. That then fuelled further speculation that he could be heading back to South Africa to join Chiefs, as was also touted as the next feasible destination should the move to Poland not materialise.
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Now according to Portuguese publication Cele has made his decision, and that is to join Polish outfit Radomiak. It is believed that negotiations between his representatives and the club resumed after the initial snag, and the positive noise around the deal suggests that it is only a matter of time till he signs on the dotted line for the team he had already began training with in pre-season.
Translated article from Portuguese publication
“Thabo Cele is very close to seeing his future resolved. The South African midfielder, ex-Cova da Piedade, is very close to heading to Radomiak, from Poland, where Tiago Matos, former FC Porto player, plays.Without a club since leaving the Almada emblem, Thabo Cele has always had a market, but the proposal he had been waiting for has now emerged. Confirmation of the transfer is stuck for details, but should arrive in the next few hours.”
“Author of a good season in Portugal and of some Olympic Games that caught the eye, the midfielder is now heading to Poland looking to assert himself.’ Said the translated article on Cele, explaining a move that could break the hearts of Chiefs fans.
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