Siyabonga Ngezana. Photo: Kaizer Chiefs website

Siyabonga Ngezana. Photo: Kaizer Chiefs website

Chiefs offer farewell message to departing defender

Chiefs have issued a farewell statement to Siyabonga Ngezana after confirming that the defender will be heading to Romania.

Siyabonga Ngezana. Photo: Kaizer Chiefs website

Siyabonga Ngezana. Photo: Kaizer Chiefs website

On Thursday, Chiefs confirmed that Ngezana will be joining Lige 1 powerhouse, Fotbal Club FCSB, for an undisclosed fee after spending seven seasons as a first-team player at Naturena.

The muscular center-back’s most consistent campaign came in 2020-21, where he played regularly in domestic competition and featured in almost all of Amakhosi’s fixtures in the lead-up to the CAF Champions League final.

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Back in March 2021, Ngezana signed a three-year deal with the option of a further two-year extension but, after completing just two of those years, the time has come for both club and player to pursue different paths forward.

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Chiefs issued a farewell statement after Ngezana’s departure wsa confirmed

“There is always a tinge of sadness when a player who has risen through the ranks here leaves the Club,” says Amakhosi Sporting Director, Kaizer Motaung Jr. “However, Siya has had a good and substantial career at Kaizer Chiefs and feels the time is right to take up a new challenge. We appreciate his wholehearted commitment to Amakhosi and wish him well on his exciting adventure to Europe.”

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The 25-year-old has a bright future ahead of him

Ngezana becomes the second Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy to be sold to an overseas league in the last six months, after Njabulo Blom who joined St. Louis City SC in the Major League Soccer in the United States of America.

The Vaal-triangle born player made a total of 123 appearances (23 in his last season) in all competitions for the Glamour Boys over seven seasons. He represented the national under-20 and under-23 teams and won two full international caps for Bafana Bafana.

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