Mzikayise Mashaba (left) challenges Orlando Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba during a match in May 2017 in what was his final season with Sundowns. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – Mzikayise Mashaba is trying to revive his career at Kaizer Chiefs. The former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder has been out of action since May 2017, and left Masandawana in October that year.

The 29-year-old, who has six Bafana Bafana caps, has played for Sundowns, Wits, Free State Stars and Platinum Stars previously. Chiefs said on their website on Wednesday that Mashaba began training with the Amakhosi on Tuesday morning.

“We have Mzi with us for training while the technical team have a look at him,” Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said. “We will see how it goes, and a final decision on him will be made in due course. We are looking at bolstering the left side of our play. We know what he can offer, but he has been out of action for a while. And with our new coach also coming in, we want to make informed decisions before finalising anything.”

New mentor Giovanni Solinas is still awaiting a work permit and was not on the bench for last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Sundowns in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup. Chiefs take on Cape Town City at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday in the Mpumalanga Cultural Experience Cup in what will be their last pre-season game. The Amakhosi kick off their Absa Premiership campaign against champions Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld on August 4.


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