Who is leaving and who staying at Naturena?

Chiefs release 7 players

Following a prolonged season that involved playing in the CAF Champions League final on 17 July, Kaizer Chiefs are back in preseason training as the team prepares for the 2021/22 season. After holding on to all the players at the end of last season due to being unable to sign new players, the Club emerged from the sanction by announcing ten new players who will wear the gold and black colours of Chiefs in the new season.

In order to make way for the new players and ensure that the coach and his technical team prepare adequately, Amakhosi will sadly be parting ways with some players who will not form part of the coach’s plans in the next season.

Leading the list of those who will exit Naturena is Club legend Willard Katsande. The Zimbabwean joined Amakhosi in 2011 from Ajax Cape Town. After ten years with Chiefs, the midfielder holds the record of being the most capped foreigner after playing 326 official matches for Chiefs – which is one more than fellow countryman Tinashe Nengomasha. The 35-year-old’s contract has expired and will not be extended. He will announce his plans in due course.

Another player who has been released is Kgotso Moleko, who joined Chiefs a year after Katsande in 2012. The defender came to Chiefs from Bloemfontein Celtic. Just like Katsande, he was part of the team that lifted two league titles and two league trophies with the Glamour Boys. Apart from being a footballer, the 31-year-old Moleko is also a successful commercial farmer.

Philani Zulu will also not have his contract extended when it expires at the end of the month. The left-back cum midfielder joined the Glamour Boys in 2017 from Maritzburg United. He played 98 official matches and contributed with 4 goals during his four seasons with Amakhosi.

Another player who joined us from Maritzburg United is Goalkeeper Brylon Petersen – he will also head for the exit door after Chiefs signed another keeper last week. The young player is also committed to his studies and recently graduated with a BSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wits University.

The technical team has also decided to put three players on the transfer list.

Attacker Lazalous Kambole will be made available for other Clubs to acquire his services on a loan or permanent basis. After impressing in CAF competitions, the Zambian joined Chiefs from Zambian giants, Zesco United in July 2019. He has played 40 matches in the two seasons he’s been with Amakhosi.

Also on the transfer list is Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya who is Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy’s product. He has played 53 matches but has been struggling with game time in the last two seasons. The 24-year-old left-back was promoted mid 2017/18 season and played several key matches for the Club.

25-year-old Yagan Sasman will also join the transfer list. The left-back arrived in Naturena at the start of 2019/20 season. He played 32 matches and scored 3 goals for the Glamour Boys.

The Club would like to truly thank all the players for the immense contribution to Kaizer Chiefs over the last number of seasons.  Special mention goes to Willard Katsande who spent the last decade with Chiefs, giving his all. He is a consummate professional who was dedicated to his work and ready to fight for the team, like a soldier. We honour him!

Farewell to the players and we wish them all the best in the future.

Chiefs announce contract extensions

Senior players Itumeleng Khune, Lebogang Manyama, Khama Billiat, Bernard Parker and Ramahlwe Mphahlele will continue playing for Kaizer Chiefs in the new season as their contracts have been extended by the Club.

Khune is the longest serving player in the current team as he has been a part of the senior team set-up since 2004. The goalkeeper has been given two years’ extension to his contract. This means the player will go into his record-equalling 18th season with Kaizer Chiefs’ senior team. He joins Patrick ‘Ace’ Ntsoelengoe in the record books of Amakhosi. Ntsoelengoe played for Chiefs from 1970 and retired in 1988.

Amakhosi have also signed another one-year contract with option to extend for a further year with attacking midfielder Lebogang Manyama. The Alexandra township-born player arrived at Chiefs from Konyaspor in Turkey in the 2017/18 and has been a key player for the Glamour Boys.

Captain Bernard Parker will get to play in his 11th season for Amakhosi as he has also been given a one-year contract extension. The attacker played 42 games last season for Chiefs, making him the second most capped player of the 2020/21 season. He also captained the team in the latter part of the season. He played and captained 13 of the 15 CAF Champion league games for Chiefs last season.

Defender Mphahlele has also received a contract extension for the next season with a one-year option. The Ga-Mphahlele born player joined Chiefs in 2016. He was appointed captain of the team at the start of the season but also struggled with injuries. He will go into his 6th season with Amakhosi.

Chiefs have also extended Khama Billiat’s contract. He will be with Amakhosi for two more seasons after signing for two years. The Zimbabwean attacking midfielder arrived at Chiefs in 2018 ahead of the 2018/19 season.

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