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The mass exodus of Kaizer Chiefs players out of from Naturena in July included Nurkovic. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix.

Kaizer Chiefs cut R85 MILLION worth of players in mass Naturena clear-out

The mass exodus of Kaizer Chiefs players from Naturena continues to dominate headlines in South African soccer circles.

Kaizer Chiefs

The mass exodus of Kaizer Chiefs players out of from Naturena in July included Nurkovic. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix.

The mass exodus of Kaizer Chiefs players from Naturena continues to dominate headlines in South African soccer circles.

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As extensively reported by The South African website, no fewer than 11 players saw their contracts not renewed, while another player was transfer-listed.

Amakhosi also got rid of goalkeeping coach Lee Baxter, who is the son of former coach Stuart Baxter – who himself was axed shortly before the end of last season.

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Those players who will be looking for new employment ahead of the 2022/23 DStv Premiership season are Lazarous Kambole, Daniel Cardoso, Daniel Akpeyi, Lebogang Manyama, Leonardo Castro, Kearyn Baccus, Dumisani Zuma, Bernard Parker, Samir Nurkovic, Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya.

Anthony Akumu was placed on the transfer list as he still has a year left on his current deal.

The arrival of Aubrey Mathibe as the new man in charge of training the shot-stoppers at Naturena saw Lee Baxter’s services no longer required.

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As the time of publishing, Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the signings of eight players – although they have been linked to several more.

Those players who will be wearing the colours of the Glamour Boys next season are Siyethemba Sithebe (from AmaZulu), former Stellenbosch FC duo Ashley du Preez and Zitha Kwinika, ex-Swallows FC trio Lehlogonolo Matlou, Kamohelo Mahlatsi and Dillon Solomons, Yusuf Maart from Sekhukhune United and Mduduzi Shabalala who was promoted from the Amakhosi DStv Diski Challenge side.

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According to the respected Transfermarkt website, Kaizer Chiefs have discarded R85.158 million worth of players.

Those values were as at 15 January 2022 and based on Wednesday, 22 June’s euro/rand exchange rate of €1 / R16.78.

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Daniel Cardoso is the most valuable of those leaving Naturena with the 33-year-old defender tagged with a value of €800 000 (R13.424 million).

Meanwhile, Lazarous Kambole is the cheapest at €150 000 (R2.517 million).

No value for Lee Baxter was available.

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VALUES OF KAIZER CHIEFS PLAYERS DEPARTING NATURENA

Lazarous Kambole€ 150,00016.78R2,517,000
Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya€ 200,00016.78R3,356,000
Anthony Agay€ 225,00016.78R3,775,500
Dumisani Zuma€ 250,00016.78R4,195,000
Bernard Parker€ 275,00016.78R4,614,500
Kearyn Baccus€ 375,00016.78R6,292,500
Ramahlwe Mphahlele€ 475,00016.78R7,970,500
Lebogang Manyama€ 500,00016.78R8,390,000
Samir Nurkovic€ 575,00016.78R9,648,500
Leonardo Castro€ 600,00016.78R10,068,000
Daniel Akpeyi€ 650,00016.78R10,907,000
Daniel Cardoso€ 800,00016.78R13,424,000
R85,158,500

Bernard Parker. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix