Chiefs scoop Torrealba at last

By Linda Moreotsene

By Linda Moreotsene

Kaizer Chiefs scored big yesterday after they snatched former Mamelodi Sundowns' free-scoring Jose Torrealba from the claws of Thanda Royal Zulu.

Sowetan has reliably learnt that the prolific Venezuelan c striker, who for the past nine months has been embroiled in a bitter contractual wrangle with his former club has agreed to sign with the Naturena club on a 30 months contract.

"The two parties have already agreed on the terms and conditions and the deal is in the bag.

"What is left is for the two parties to sign and seal the deal on the dotted line today," our source said last night.

The striker was snatched from under the nose of Thanda Royal Zulu who on Monday expressed an interest to sign the player. Chiefs on the other hand had on the same day said that while they would have wanted the player on their books, they (Chiefs) would rather wait for the final resolution of the dispute with Sundowns.

Meanwhile, despite winning the lucrative Telkom Knockout title, Kaizer Chiefs are yet to impress in the Absa Premiership under coach Muhsin Ertugral this season. writes Meshack Motloung

After the final, Amakhosi seemed to have gone to sleep, drawing two consecutive league games against AmaZulu (1-1) and Santos (0-0).

It seems fatigue is taking its toll on the players. They need somebody to inject life into the team to see Chiefs playing the exciting attacking game that has been their hallmark.

They have a date with Lamontville Golden Arrows in what could be a thrilling encounter at Loftus in Pretoria tonight at 7.30.

This game is one of their major challenges - a match where they are expected to collect full points, playing at home, to move to another level on the league log.

Chiefs' communications director, Thebe "Selepe" Mohatle, refused to blame fatigue for the two consecutive draws.

Arrows' spokesman Zwelethu Mzolo said they were going to Pretoria to fulfill their mission.