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EXCLUSIVE | Done deal-Kaizer Chiefs sign Ashley Du Preez-source



Kaizer Chiefs have have completed the signing of Stellenbosch FC attacker Ashley du Preez, according to a close source.

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Du Preez had been a player of keen interest to Chiefs, having tormented them in recent years but the latest news suggests that is about to come to an end. 

Du Preez gradually improving

The 24-year-old has been a part of the Stellenbosch first team for six seasons now, and burst onto the scene when the club played its maiden season in the DStv Premiership. Despite being a dangerous and lively player, perhaps the biggest criticism of du Preez was his lack of end product. This season has seen a slight change in that statistic, as the player has added nine goals and two assists to his name. Those efforts have not gone unnoticed, as they have earned him a maiden preliminary squad call up to Hugo BroosBafana Bafana squad.

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That feat may have forced Chiefs to push to wrap up the move for du Preez quickly, as a well placed source from within the Stellenbosch structures reliably informed The South African News that the deal taking the former junior international to Naturena is done. Earlier in the week, it had widely been reported that Amakhosi management had approached Stellenbosch about the player’s availability and were given a price. Now, if the source is to be believed, then it seems as if the Soweto giants have met that demand and finally got their man!

Two Stellenbosch players set to join Chiefs

If indeed true, Du Preez would be the second Stellenbosch player to join Chiefs this week. Earlier this week, coach Steve Barker confirmed that centre back Zitha Kwinika will also be signing for his boyhood club ahead of the next season. In the case of du Preez, it had been suggested that any potential deal could involve Happy Mashiane moving the other direction. The source claimed that he has also heard the rumours, but they have not been confirmed by anybody he trusts. 

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After yet another year without silverware, Chiefs are set for a massive rebuild at the end of this season, with a mass exodus expected. To couple that exodus, it is expected that the Glamour Boys will invest heavily in young, quality footballers who they hope to see return the glory days back to the club. 



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