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Why Chiefs Haven’t Announced Player Exits Yet

Kaizer Chiefs have yet to officially communicate any incoming or outgoing player transfers as they continue their pursuit of a new head coach.

Several players at the club are set to be out of contract, with the likes of Sifiso Hlanti, Njabulo Ngcobo, Keagan Dolly, Itumeleng Khune, George Matlou, Siyethemba Sithebe and Dove Edmilson amongst the names of first-team players.

iDiski Times sources have indicated that at the end of last month, the club called a meeting and requested for the players to be patient while they first finalise the successor to Molefi Ntseki, who was sacked seven months ago.

Head of Youth Cavin Johnson was the interim coach after Ntseki’s departure and it is also unclear where his future lies, and other technical team members are in a similar situation.

Certain players like Ngcobo have already received other offers in the DStv Premiership, and is said to have agreed a deal in principle with Sekhukhune United.

While Dolly, as previously reported by this website, has also piqued interest from AmaZulu and Cape Town City.

Nasreddine Nabi remains the favourite for the job and with three games remaining with ASFAR, it appears the wait for the players, and fans alike will continue.

The Tunisian will oversee their final Botola Pro game, a potential title-decider, in the Rabat derby against Fath Union Sport on Friday, while they are still in their quest for the Throne Cup where they are scheduled to face off against Maghreb de Fès in the semi-finals on 23 June.

Last season, Chiefs had 13 outgoing players and signed 10, but they went on to finish 10th in the DStv Premiership, their worst-ever league performance in the Premier Soccer League era.

Story by Lorenz Kohler (@Lorenz_KO).

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.