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Monnapule Saleng of Orlando Pirates challenges Sifiso Hlanti of Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: BackpagePix

DISCARDED? Half a dozen Kaizer Chiefs players with expiring contracts

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Monnapule Saleng of Orlando Pirates challenges Sifiso Hlanti of Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs will release a raft of players in the next week as they fine-tune their 2024-2025 DStv Premiership squad.

Expiring contracts at Naturena

Half a dozen players are out of contract at the end of June. Those names are Itumeleng Khune, Sifiso Hlanti, Njabulo Ngcobo, Siyethemba Sithebe, George Matlou and Keagan Dolly. Ngcobo is widely expected to sign with Sekhukhune with an agreement already in place. Midfielder Matlou is also not expected to play for the club again and the same is true for veteran former AmaZulu star Sithebe. The situation with left-back Hlanti has gone back and forth but he’s also more likely to leave than stay. Top earner, Dolly, has missed large chunks of the last two campaigns with persistent injuries. The former Montpellier man is bagging something in the region of R1.5 million a month making him the best-paid player in South Africa.

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Keagan Dolly of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates a goal with teammate Ashley Du Preez during DStv Premiership 2022/23 football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC at Soccer City on 01 April 2023 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Khune U-Turn on the cards?

Itumeleng Khune’s future is a little murky.

FARPost has reported that Khune is back in training at Naturena despite being out of contract next week. In contrast, Siyethemba Sithebe, Keagan Dolly and Njabulo Ngcobo also have contracts expiring at the end of June but they weren’t in training. Does that hint at his immediate future and a U-Turn on his situation? Or, should we not be reading too much into that?

“About 28 Kaizer Chiefs players attended the session, and notable absentees included Siyethemba Sithebe, Njabulo Ngcobo, Keagan Dolly, and Sifiso Hlanti, whose contracts are set to expire at the end of June. Their absence adds a layer of uncertainty to the squad’s composition for the upcoming season. Ngcobo has already signed with Sekhukhune United. On the brighter side, legendary goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was present, signalling his continued commitment to the club. He is also out of contract next week,” as per the FarPost report.

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

Amakhosi looking for players in three positions

iDiski Times reporter Lorenz Kohler has revealed exactly where Chiefs will look to do their business in the winter window.

“Sources have previously indicated a striker, left-back and goalkeeper remain among the priority targets for the club in the upcoming weeks, while several players who are out of contract, will have final decisions on extensions or being released in the coming days,” iDiski Times reported.

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