Kaizer Chiefs unfazed by rivals’ transfer dealings

Kaizer Chiefs say they are not worried with their rivals making big moves in the transfer market.

Orlando Pirates confirmed the signings of Bernard Morrison, Abbubaker Mobara and Riyaad Norodien on Tuesday, while Mamelodi Sundowns are believed to be getting closer to landing Bidvest Wits attacker Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Chiefs have been relatively quiet since announcing an exodus of 20 players last month. However, Amakhosi communications manager Vina Maphosa says they are not a new club and have their own way of doing things. “No we are not worried. I cannot talk about other teams. You will hear our plans at the right time. Nothing has changed. Things will happen the same way they have been happening every year,” he tells KickOff.com.

Chiefs have made one signing so far, bringing in left-back Sibusiso Khumalo


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – MAY 18: Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela during the Kaizer Chiefs Media Open Day at Kaizer Chiefs Village on May 18, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

in a swap deal that saw Keegan Ritchie join SuperSport United.

The Glamour Boys have been linked with several players, amongst them Anele Ngcongca and Cosafa Cup top goalscorer Felix Badenhorst.

Orlando Pirates have announced an agreement with Ajax Cape Town for star duo Riyaad Norodien and Abbubaker Mobara, while also confirming the capture of Ghanaian forward Bernard Morrison.

“Orlando Pirates Football Club is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with Ajax Cape Town for the services of Abbubaker Mobara and Riyaad Norodien,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

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Club chairman Irvin Khoza was delighted with the club’s capture of the Ajax duo.

“I am pleased to announce the successful negotiations between ourselves and Ajax Cape Town over the services of Mobara and Norodien,” he is quoted as saying on the club’s official webiste.

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“We have been given the go-ahead to make contact with both players and finalise personal terms. Obviously, with someone like Mobara currently in Namibia with the South African national team, we will only be able to finalise with him and his representatives when he returns from international duty. However, we will be finalising soon with Norodien.”

Khoza then also confirmed Morrison’s arrival at Mayfair, as revealed on Sunday by KickOff.com – a story we broke and followed through since 22 April.

“An agreement has been reached and signed after a revised offer was sent to AS Vita,” he said. “We are happy with this acquisition and trust that Morrison will have a successful stay at the club.”

He also revealed that a number of players will be released from the Soweto giants.

“The club will be making an announcement next week regarding the players who will be released,” confirmed Khoza.

New coach Muhsin Ertugral will arrive at the end of the week to finalise matters with the club, while the rest of his technical team and the players are set to return on 4 July.


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Chiefs issued the following statement via their official channels:

‘Kaizer Chiefs confirm the names of the players that will be released by the Club. The list of 20 players was confirmed this afternoon.

‘Siyanda Xulu is put on transfer, while seasoned campaigners Morgan Gould and Siboniso Gaxa’s contracts will expire at the end of June and will not be renewed.

‘The Amakhosi already confirmed the moves of midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane and goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse. Letsholonyane has since joined SuperSport United. The duo’s contracts will expire at the end of June.

‘Keegan Ritchie, meanwhile, will join SuperSport United in a swap with Sibusiso Khumalo.

‘Strikers Edward Manqele, Bongani Ndulula and Siphelele Mthembu have been put on transfer. David Zulu’s loan agreement with Chippa United will be extended for another season.

‘The Ugandan players Ivan Bukenya and Sula Matovu were also put on transfer. Zimbabwean midfielder Ovidy Karuru’s contract has been terminated.

‘The complete list of players making their way out of Naturena.’

Contract not renewed:

Morgan Gould
Siboniso Gaxa
Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Reyaad Pieterse

Released from contract:

Philani Cele
Ovidy Karuru
Levy Mokgothu
Simphiwe Mtsweni
Shandukani Mulovhedzi
Chris Matombo
Zitha Macheke

Put on transfer:

Siyanda Xulu
Bongani Ndulula
Edward Manqele
Siphelele Mthembu
Sula Matovu
Ivan Bukenya

On loan:

David Zulu (Chippa United)
Andisiwe Mtsila

Swap deal:

Keegan Ritchie (with SuperSport United’s Sibusiso Khumalo)


source kickoff.com