JOHANNESBURG – Bidvest Wits could add a fifth January window signing if they are able to negotiate the early release of striker Thobani Mncwango from Polokwane City.
The 30-year-old has already agreed to join the Clever Boys next season as a free agent after putting pen to paper on a pre-contract.
But because he has cut a frustrated figure at the Limpopo outfit since midway through the previous campaign, Wits are trying to get him beforehand to beef up their own blunt attack.
“If he comes, it will help in terms of our strikers, where we certainly need a bit more legs and movement,” revealed coach Gavin Hunt on Thursday morning.
“For whatever reason, he hasn’t played for six months, and we are prepared to negotiate something there.”
Wits have already announced the arrival of Edwin Gyimah, returning loanee Sifiso Myeni, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Denis Weidlich.
Mncwango was hot property in the Premiership two seasons ago after he scored 13 goals in 29 matches for City and attracted interest from several of the Gauteng teams, including Orlando Pirates.
He was allegedly suspended by the club for admitting he would be keen to join the Buccaneers at the drop of a hat, and his career has sunk into oblivion since, with the SA Players Union unable to get him released from his contract at City.
Wits announced this week they had snapped him up and he would join with immediate effect on July 1, but Hunt is eager to use him in the second half of the current season.
Mncwango played in the opening league game of the season for Rise and Shine, having started in a cup match a week earlier, but hasn’t featured since.