Stuart Baxter with Kaizer Chiefs

Stuart Baxter surrounded by Kaizer Chiefs players. Photo: Archives

Chiefs can embark on multi-million spending spree in next transfer window

Coach Stuart Baxter has hinted that the Chiefs will be far more active in the next transfer window, which opens in June.

Stuart Baxter with Kaizer Chiefs

Stuart Baxter surrounded by Kaizer Chiefs players. Photo: Archives

Chiefs currently lie in third place on the DStv Premiership standings, as many as 15 points adrift of runaway leaders Sundowns, and the only real addition to the Amakhosi squad was the return from loan of Keletso Sifama from Pretoria Callies.


During the recently-concluded January transfer window, Sundowns completed the signings of Erwin Saavedra, Bradley “Surprise” Ralani and Teboho Mokoena, while Chiefs only really emerged late on Monday to say that they had “extended the contracts of seven of the club’s most promising players”.

In that announcement, it was revealed that Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Sabelo Radebe, Happy Mashiane, Reeve Frosler, Keletso Sifama, Bruce Bvuma and Thabo Mokoena had all penned new deals.


Despite the fact numerous rumours swirled around the possible arrival of Siyethemba Sithebe from AmaZulu, that deal failed to materialise at this time.

Amakhosi had brought in 10 players prior to the start of the 2021/22 season, but offloaded 10 players. However, Baxter has now highlighted how there would be “assessments” and, in all likelihood, more activity in the next transfer window.

“We do the same as everybody. We make assessments,” said Baxter.

“We try and look at the successes, the ones that were not so successful, the ones we can trade, the ones we can move out, the ones we can bring in and all of that goes within the club.

“My expectations are that we will do that at the end of the season. At the moment, I’ve got the squad that I’ve got, and they are working as hard as they can.”

In a comprehensive report on, the website has revealed how Chiefs could have up to R20 million available during the next transfer window to target new recruits.

After a seventh season without silverware, it’s highlighted how the exit of Leonardo Castro and Lazarous Kambole should free up about R10 million, while the expected departure of Samir Nurkovic will add around another R6 million to the funds available.

There is also no guarantees around the likes of Bernard Parker, Kearyn Baccus, Daniel Akpeyi and Daniel Cardoso staying on at Naturena.

At the Nedbank Cup launch, Chiefs’ coach also spoke about the quiet transfer period in January

Baxter said he understands the frustration of some supports at the lack of transfer activity, but provided a detailed explanation as to why this has been the case.

“I think it’s easy to have these perceptions [no ambition], given what’s going on so I can’t say I don’t understand what the supporters are feeling,” Baxter told journalists.

“I can’t say I don’t understand but I can assure them there’s a lot more [that] goes on in terms of targeting in people, getting knocked back, realising that in the open market there’s one club that holds all the trump cards.

“So if we’re interested in a player they’re interested in, pretty much, the chances are that he’s going there. So we have to be smart then in recruitment and I think we’ve tried to do that and probably what’s been available to us  – we worked out that at this moment in time it won’t build that gap between us and Sundowns.

“So in that respect, I don’t think it’s a lack of ambition but realism hitting home. Now I think we need to keep on working on that,” he continued.

“We need to do that for two reasons; one because that’s what an ambitious football club does and two, we have to keep sending signals to supporters that we’re not resting on our laurels or waiting for next year to come around, that we’re active in the market.”