1 September 2017
Following the window period closure at midnight in the domestic league, Kaizer Chiefs are ready to compete fiercely in the 2017/18 season to build on the tradition of winning silverware the club has enjoyed over the years.
Even though the start of the new season was not what the club had hoped it would be, Kaizer Chiefs’ Football Manager Bobby Motaung believes the club has had a solid pre-season and is optimistic that the new signings will help ignite the season. “The arrival of Dumsani Zuma from Bloemfontein Celtic, Philani Zulu from Maritzburg United, Teenage Hadebe from Zimbabwean team Chicken Inn FC and Bhongolethu Jayiya from Cape Town City FC will surely help bolster the team’s backline, midfield and attack.”
“We also announced the promotion of four players from the development ranks to join the first team for the 2017/18 campaign,” says Motaung. “Goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma and three midfielders Khotso Malope, Wiseman Meyiwa and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo are the four players who have been officially been promoted to the senior team. “The young men will add youthfulness, inject new energy and quality to the wealth of talent already in the squad, because we need to ensure that the team is strong enough to challenge for the league title as well as the two trophies that we will be competing for this season.”
“The club invited a number of players for assessment during the pre-season in a quest to bolster the striking force. Jonatan Phillipe from Argentina and Okikiola Afolabi from Nigeria and Abdalla Hussein Kilala from Tanzania were given a chance to train with the team. However, after consultation, the technical team decided against keeping them and were thus released,” says Motaung.
“Our search for a formidable striker does not end with the window period closure – we will cast our net far and wide and will not stop searching until we find our man,” he adds.
Motaung assured the supporters that the club and technical team are listening to their pleas and will ensure that the club’s fortunes change for the better soon. “We have been listening to our supporters and we hear their voices. We acknowledge their role and need to know that we are united in this battle of bringing the glory days back,” he concludes.
Some of the new players are expected to get a run when the league resumes after the FIFA international break.
Corporate Communications Manager
Alpheus Vina Maphosa
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