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The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Three HUGE changes coming to the Kaizer Chiefs first team

The Kaizer Chiefs first team continues to get moulded by the technical team. There are still some huge modifications to be made though.

Kaizer Chiefs

The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

There’s a changing of the guard happening at Kaizer Chiefs.

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First team gets a re-jig

The Glamour Boys brought in as many as nine new first-team players during the most recent transfer window. The ins and outs are a reality for a club going through a transitional period, which means some high-profile senior exits.

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Kaizer Chiefs skipper in his final playing season

Itumeleng Khune has represented Kaizer Chiefs with great distinction. He recently made his 364th appearance for Amakhosi, the most of any player in the club’s PSL era history. The 2023-24 campaign will be his last at the club as a player, so a long-term replacement must therefore be found. Katlehong-born Lungile Nkosi, still just 20, is a man the Chiefs management expects big things from in the future. He recently recovered from a nine-month injury layoff and is ready to go again. Alongside Bernard Parker’s cousin Donay Jansen, Nkosi has been invited to train with the senior side after excelling with the Diski Challenge structure.

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Kaizer Chiefs Itumeleng Khune
Kaizer Chiefs stalwart Itumeleng Khune. Photo: BackpagePix

More senior stars are on their way out

Club vice-captain Keagan Dolly signed a two-year deal in 2021 with an option for a further year. He is now in that extension year and a further extension looks unlikely. Former SA youth international Tashreeq Matthews is on their radar as a long-term replacement. The 23-year-old has experience playing in Europe, notably with Borussia Dortmund and now Sirius in Sweden’s top flight. Meanwhile, stalwart left-back Sifiso Hlanti is unlikely to be offered a new contract with Stellenbosch’s Fawaaz Basadien being lined up as his replacement.

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Saleng in the Soweto Derby. Image: © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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