'Khanye ready to return to top flight'

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Six months ago Junior Khanye was a frustrated and unfit player but he is fit and ready to join any team in the Absa Premiership.

This was the observation of Prosport International's Francesco Ferreri, whose sports management company, that represents and manages sportsmen, played a significant role in helping the former Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars midfielder regain fitness.

"We were contacted about six months ago [and told] that Junior really needed help to revive his football career. He was unfit and without a club but we made it clear that we will only assist him if he can show 100 percent commitment. He did exactly that," said Ferreri.

"We organised a special fitness trainer and physiotherapist for him. He trained hard twice a day. We also organised accommodation for him and we did all this because we wanted to help him and we were encouraged by his sheer commitment.

"Today he is the fit and energetic Junior that we used to see mesmerising opponents during his spell at Chiefs."

Khanye has tried his luck at Thanda Royal Zulu but failed. But this has not demoralised him and he is heading to Moroka Swallows as his search for a Premiership club continues in earnest.

Thabani Gumede, Royal's manager, confirmed yesterday that the artistic Daveyton-born midfielder was among the players who were trying their luck with Amabhubezi. Others, he said, are Bloemfontein Celtic's Ntokozo Sikhakhane and Sipho Sephadi from the relegated Jomo Cosmos.

Amabhubezi have put Patrick Mayo, Sibusiso Zwane, Beauford Tshabalala and Arni Arason on transfer.