Kaizer Chiefs Khune

Kaizer Chiefs stalwart Itumeleng Khune is a bona fide club legend. Image: BackpagePix

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Kaizer Chiefs needs to take a hard line on some of its underperforming stars. That starts with a few of the old guard.

Kaizer Chiefs Khune

Kaizer Chiefs stalwart Itumeleng Khune is a bona fide club legend. Image: BackpagePix

It’s about time that Kaizer Chiefs had difficult conversations with some of their senior players.

The reality of the beautiful game is that most players decline after 30. For every Cristiano, Messi and Benzema, there are thousands of mere mortals. It’s totally normal to for footballers to slowly lose their magic touch. And that’s where clubs need to discard sentimentality and show tough love.

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Kaizer Chiefs needs to cut the fat

First of all, it appears almost inevitable that 32-year-old Khama Billiat will leave the club for nothing in June. It’s sad that a player of his quality hasn’t been able to hit the heights that he showed at Sundowns, but that’s football.

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Although his homie Keagan Dolly’s contract isn’t expiring in 2023 and he’s still 29, Chiefs need to have a long hard think about his future too. Dolly’s exorbitant salary can be removed from the wage bill, and Chiefs can then invest in a couple of young prospects.

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Kaizer Chiefs attacker Khama Billiat
Kaizer Chiefs attacker Khama Billiat has struggled to reproduce his Mamelodi Sundowns form. Image: snl24

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And while it may have been unthinkable to say this five years ago, is Itumeleng Khune’s future at the club really that certain? It feels as though the club is at the end of a natural cycle. Teenage ‘keeper Karabo Molefe is a top prospect and highly rated within the ranks at Naturena already.

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In Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Njabulo Blom (if his future can be resolved), Keletso Sifama and wonderkid Mdu Shabalala, there is an exciting young core.

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It’s time to let go of the past and look to the future.

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