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

Future Kaizer Chiefs captain revealed?

It’s a no-brainer.

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

Many fans and pundits think Thatayaone Ditlhokwe can be the next Kaizer Chiefs captain. It’s not difficult to see why.

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Botswana star Thatayaone Ditlhokwe had captained his country by the age of 24, so he’s no stranger to thriving under pressure. He’s got all of his best years ahead of him, and can also deputise at left-back. Amakhosi fans have reason to be excited about their new defensive core who possess the rare combination of relative youth, leadership, presence and experience. He’s made 94 DStv Prem appearances in total, including 20+ in each of the last three full campaigns. This season has been a rare blip on his record in that regard after he dislocated his shoulder while playing for Botswana. However, if he appears in eight of the last nine games in the league, he’ll once again clock up 20 outings. Availability is a seriously underrated trait possessed by all of the top players. Just ask Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo how many matches they’ve missed tdown the years through injury. It’s not many.

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Thatayaone Ditlhokwe during his first month at Naturena in 2023. Photo: @kaizerchiefs/X.

Ditlhokwe back soon?

Thatayaone Ditlhokwe has become a cornerstone of the Chiefs’ back four. He dislocated his shoulder while on international duty in October. Skipper of his country, big things are expected of this man at club level too. Ditlhokwe underwent surgery on December 11th and a three-month timeframe was provided for his return. Therefore, it shouldn’t be long before the impressive central defender slowly returns to full training.

“TT (Ditlhokwe) came off the operating table yesterday for his shoulder and we expect him to be out for about three months. We wish him a good recovery. And Ashley (du Preez) is maybe a week and a half to two weeks away from being back,” Cavin Johnson told the Kaizer Chiefs Media team back in December.

When Itumeleng Khune hangs up his gloves, Ditlhokwe will be a major contender to replace him as club captain. Chiefs face Stellenbosch next in a crunch clash in the race for a top-two finish.

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Kaizer Chiefs fans encapsulating the passion of a Soweto Derby. Image: BackpagePix

Who are your favourite contenders to take over the captaincy? Let us know in the comments.


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