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Blom catches the eyes of his teammates at Naturena. Image: @KaizerChiefs / Twitter

Former Chiefs star confirms wise decision

Still wondering why Njabulo Blom turned down Kaizer Chiefs’ new deal offer? Here’s his version of the story all the way from America.

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Blom catches the eyes of his teammates at Naturena. Image: @KaizerChiefs / Twitter

It’s been 10 months since Njabulo Blom said goodbye to Kaizer Chiefs. Here is why he chose to move on to St Louis in America.

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As reported across local media on 23 December 2022, the Dobsonville-born midfielder sealed a move to the United States to join St Louis on a two-year contract that includes a two-year extension.

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The 22-year-old has now revealed the reasons for saying no to the Chiefs’ extension offer before later discovering interest from St Louis.

“I’ve heard a lot of people saying the league in the USA is not as competitive, they say. I feel like you only see it when you are there, I’ve been there for like a year now, and I think it’s a very competitive league because a lot of players from Europe are coming in now and also players from South America make the league a bit better,” Blom said.

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“My [idea] was to use it as a stepping stone to better leagues in Europe and also grow as a person. it is really a good stepping stone, especially when you are from Africa, and it’s a good league, good environment.

“It was in November, and I was still trying to figure out my next move because there were things with Chiefs that weren’t good – we were not on good terms in terms of my contract.

“My agent told me there’s a new team in the US they like kind of interested in me, and it might be a good move for me, a stepping stone to go to Europe,” he added.

“I sat down with my mom and my dad, my family we spoke about it. It was really a good move for me especially to grow as a human being, move out of my comfort zone find myself as a young adult. We finalised everything in December,” Blom concluded.


Meanwhile, Major League Soccer later revealed Blom’s income per year.

According to the league’s website, Blom is on a $246,000 (R4.73 million) base salary and $338,250 (R6.51 million) in guaranteed compensation per year at his new club – Blom’s monthly guaranteed compensation is $28,188 (R543,000).

Having signed a two-year contract, this means the Chiefs academy graduate will bag a total of R13 million in two years.

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