Hendrick Ekstein may end up joining AmaZulu FC, with a return to his previous club Kaizer Chiefs still on the table, according to a source close to the player. Ekstein, who has spent the previous two years playing in Azerbaijan, has returned to the nation to resume his football career after his contract with Sabail FC expired last month.
According to the source, the 30-year-old dribbling magician, who departed Amakhosi as a fan favorite, has been asked by Usuthu to join their superb attack, which features former Orlando Pirates winger Luvuyo Memela and Augustine Mulenga, to name a few.
Ekstein has also been connected with a transfer to Pirates, which is thought to be a possibility, but Usuthu appears to be his next destination, with the club expressing interest in him.
“I think he will go to AmaZulu,” said the source.
“They have been in contact with him and he has also spoken with coach Benni McCarthy, so that says a lot. Things are easier for a player when the coach is the one who wants you. But, Chiefs is also on the cards because they gave him a break and as a loyal person he wants to give them first preference.
“If a good deal comes out from them (Chiefs), then I don’t think he would hesitate to go back. What I’m happy about is that he won’t be club-less by the time the league starts. He is a better player now and has grown so much in the game,” said the source.
After serving a season-long transfer suspension imposed by world footballing organization Fifa for wrongdoing in the transfer of Madagascan international Andriamirado ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana from Fosa Juniors, Amakhosi were expected to go big in this transfer window.
Chiefs have confirmed the signings of goalkeeper Brandon Peterson, defenders Sifiso Hlanti, Njabulo Ngcobo, and Sibusiso Mabiliso, midfielder Phathushedzo Nange, and winger Kgaogelo Sekgota, as well as Given Thibedi, who will return to the first team squad following a loan spell at Swallows.