New Kaizer Chiefs signing Sibusiso Khumalo is relishing the battle with Tsepo Masilela


New Kaizer Chiefs signing Sibusiso Khumalo looks forward to competing with Tsepo Masilela

New Kaizer Chiefs signing Sibusiso Khumalo is relishing the battle with Tsepo Masilela for the left-back position at the club, and targets a return to Bafana Bafana.

Khumalo joined Amakhosi from SuperSport United as part of a swap deal that saw Keagan Ritchie go in the opposite direction.

The 27-year-old admits praise for his more experienced teammates, but also threatens to cement his position in Steve Komphela’s starting line-up in the new campaign.

“As we all know, Tsepo is the best left-back we have in the country so it will help me as a player to learn from him, but if I get my chance I have to grab it with both hands and cement my place in the team,” Khumalo said after being officially unveiled as a Glamour Boy on Monday.

“I only need one chance to show what I can do to compete with the best. Bafana [call-ups] will happen automatically if I get a chance to play because I’ve been there before.”

Though Khumalo grew up supporting Amakhosi’s bitter rivals Orlando Pirates, he describes the switch to Naturena as a “dream” move in his nomadic football journey.

“It was my dream and now my dream has come true. I never thought I will play for Kaizer Chiefs,” he added.

“[Leaving SuperSport] was difficult for me because I was comfortable and I was getting game time but, when I got the call from Bobby and Dominic from SuperSport, I thought it was a big opportunity for me so let me take a risk and see what’s going to happen.

“I’m lucky to join Chiefs at this stage because I started playing for Moroka Swallows, and it was a big team at that time.

“I then joined Mamelodi Sundowns, which is also big, and then another big team in SuperSport United so, at Kaizer Chiefs, I will do what I do best.”


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 27: Sibusiso Khumalo during the Kaizer Chiefs Pre-season press conference at Kaizer Chiefs Village, Naturena on June 27, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)