Kaizer Chiefs were relatively quiet in the January transfer window, snapping up just two new players as they looked to improve their chances of a title push, but have they had a good January recently?
Check out some surprising stats about Chiefs’ January signings in the gallery above!
With the acquisition of both Reeve Frosler and Daniel Akpeyi, Chiefs have addressed two positions in which they currently have issues, and both could potentially be in line for a debut in this weekend’s crunch Soweto Derby.
The pair is Chiefs’ 13th and 14th January signings since the start of 2011 and will be hoping to fare better than some of the players who were snapped up in the same month over the past eight years.
January 2018 signings:
Siphelele Ntshangase – Has not quite had the desired impact, playing under 1300 Absa Premiership minutes since his arrival a year ago. Still awaiting his first goal.
Leonardo Castro – Already has ten Amakhosi goals to his name in all competitions, scoring at least once in every tournament he’s played in for the club so far.
Kabelo Mahlasela – His start at the club was blighted by injury, and he’s made just two league starts since joining last year. Just 11 domestic appearances, but scored a goal in the CAF Confederation Cup.
January 2017 signings:
Joseph Molangoane – Made 36 league appearances during his first 18 months at the club, however, this season got off to a horror start with an injury that effectively ruled him out for almost the whole campaign. Found his place in Steve Komphela’s formation as a wingback.
Gustavo Paez – Like Castro, the Venezuelan also has 10 Chiefs goals to his name, though has played for the club for a year more than his fellow South American. Has made just eight domestic appearances this season.
January 2016 signings:
William Twala – The 2016 window was a quiet one for Chiefs, and Twala didn’t last long at the club. He got just 17 league starts before leaving the club as a free agent last year, though did reach 50 appearances with the club even if it was often as a substitute.
January 2015 signings:
David Zulu – It was another quiet one for the Glamour Boys the previous year too, with Zulu being snapped up from Chippa United in what was thought to be a relatively expensive move. He played just nine domestic games for Chiefs, and never scored for the club.
January 2014 signings:
Katlego Mphela – The former Bafana Bafana international was a big name signing for Chiefs when they got him from Mamelodi Sundowns, and while he endured a tough spell at the club – he started around 10 games – he did manage to score six goals in his two seasons there.
George Maluleka – One of the few January signings at Chiefs that has lasted and has been a consistent regular for the side. The injury hurt him in his first season and he’s battled a little bit in 2018/19, but the four seasons in between saw him play 96 Absa Premiership games. This season he’s taken on the role of vice-captain after Itumeleng Khune and Willard Katsande.
January 2013 signings:
Reyaad Pieterse – A player that Chiefs lost out on when he left for SuperSport United free of charge… He played more than 30 times for the Amakhosi, however often had to play second fiddle to Bafana number one, Itumeleng Khune.
January 2012 signings:
Abbas Amidu – Joined the club, then left not long afterwards without even making his debut in the gold and black.
January 2011 signings:
Source: soccer laduma