Chiefs To Make A Decision On 8 Players Ahead Of CAF CL
Kaizer Chiefs have to make a decision on eight of their players ahead of the CAF Champions League final against Al Ahly.
The match is set to take place on 17 July in Casablanca but Chiefs have eight players, whose contracts come to an end by the end of today (30 June).
The eight players include some of the key players in this year’s Champions League campaign, such as current captain Bernard Parker, who has played in 12 of the 14 Chiefs matches in the Champions League this season.
Another is veteran campaigner Willard Katsande, who has also been instrumental in the last two matches in the semi-final where Chiefs beat Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca 1-0 on aggregate, which saw him equal the record of most caps by a foreign player for the club.
Goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma, who had a great game in the first leg of the semi-finals against Wydad but missed the second leg because he had to self-isolate is also on this list. So are injured forwards Khama Billiat and Lebogang Manyama, veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune as well as defenders Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Kgotso Moleko.
“To be quite honest, we had not discussed about that, the management will deal with that when the time is right,” assistant coach Arthur Zwane told reporters when asked about the matter.
“Now, it’s to go back to the drawing board and plan thoroughly for the final and obviously that will be part of the planning, in terms of the players whose contracts are expiring.”
This publication has been engaging people with knowledge around these matters at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and it does appear that Chiefs would have to extend the contracts of these players at least for a period of six months and also register them with the PSL, because only players registered in their league/federation are allowed to play in CAF inter-club competitions.
This means, the club cannot simply extend the contracts of the players they only want for the CAF Champions League but not in the upcoming season for just one month.
According to sources, there would be no need to re-register players with CAF as they are already on Amakhosi’s squad list.
Meanwhile, new players, which the club may sign between 30 June and the date of the CAFCL final cannot be registered to play in the final. It is believed that Chiefs are in negotiations with several players but the club is yet to make an official announcement on new deals.
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