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Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates for the title? Jomo Sono decides

Jomo Sono has delivered his verdict on who he believes had a better transfer window between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

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Sono assesses the transfer business of Chiefs and Pirates

South African football legend Jomo Sono has analysed the work done by both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in the recent transfer window and delivered his verdict. Chiefs brought in nine new faces while Pirates recruited eight. Does he think either side is capable of challenging Sundowns for the title this term?

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Sono has his doubts over Orlando Pirates

“Pirates have signed some very good players, but not in the class of Sundowns. Chiefs have signed very, very good players in the class of Sundowns. They’ve got some class players there. I mean, you look at this guy from [Venezuela], the central midfielder [Edson Castillo],” Sono said. 

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Kaizer Chiefs Edson Castillo
Kaizer Chiefs unveil Edson Castillo. Photo: @KaizerChiefs/Twitter

Sono impressed by new-look Kaizer Chiefs midfield

Sono has been particularly impressed by Venezuelan schemer Edson Castillo, who already has four goals from the base of midfield.

“[Castillo] he’s a good player. He’s top of the range. He will be worse now when he’s got [Sibongiseni] Ox Mthethwa in midfield. They’ll be strong.”

“Chiefs can be the dark horses that can challenge for the league. It all depends on how the coach sets up his team.

“But, if you have Mthethwa and Castillo in midfield, all those who are skilful, you let them go up front. Don’t worry about having them defend. 

“But that Castillo is class, he’s a box-to-box player. Mthethwa is a box-to-box player. 

“They’ve organised their defence very well with the right back [Reeve Frosler]. He’s a good player. That defence is strong. Both fullbacks [with Edmilson Dove] can attack.

“I like Mthethwa. He’s a good player. The combination [with Castillo] will be unbelievable.”

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Kaizer Chiefs Sibongiseni Mthethwa
Kaizer Chiefs have agreed terms to sign Sibongiseni Mthethwa from Stellenbosch FC. Image: @KaizerChiefs/Twitter

Sono is a big fan of Kimvuidi

Sono praised Pirates’ capture of Karim Kimvuidi from relegated Maritzburg United but overall he believes it’s the Glamour Boys who “won the transfer window” this time around.

“With Pirates, the boy they signed from Maritzburg [Karim Kimvuidi] is class, but as you know, foreigners take time to adjust in South Africa, but Castillo didn’t even take time. He just fitted in like a glove. He’s a good player.”

“It happens [that results don’t immediately come]. It takes time to mould a team. Sundowns have been together since last year or two years ago. When they add, it’s one or two. That team has been together for some time. They understand each other….” 

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Jomo Sono Orlando Pirates Relebohile Mofokeng
The great Jomo Sono. Image: @Rushsportson2 / X.

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