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The famous Kaizer Chiefs Naturena village. Image: @KaizerChiefs / Twitter

Make or break: EIGHT Chiefs players have to deliver

Kaizer Chiefs’ new team is almost ready to start the 2022/23 term. For eight players, it is a make or break season at Naturena.

Kaizer Chiefs

The famous Kaizer Chiefs Naturena village. Image: @KaizerChiefs / Twitter

All new eight Kaizer Chiefs signings at Amakhosi face lower expectations to prove their maximum worth in the team in the coming 2022/23.

However, the players who survived the clearout during this window have to earn their money. Let’s take a look.

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Joining a new team does not come with the expectation to prove your talent and worth in the first season, though Keagan Dolly proved as an exception.

Dolly delivered eight goals and five assists during his debut season of 28 appearances. Image: @NaturenaTalks / Twitter

It is the second term where a footballer no longer needs further time to settle in the new environment. 

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This is the same reason why the club released 12 players wherein none of them had been at Naturena for their first season.

Should the surviving players of the overhaul fail to make an impression in 2022/23, it is most likely they will either be transfer listed, loaned out, or simply given their clearances as players who failed to succeed as Glamour Boys.

Proven legends

Additionally, some players have proven their value in the past to become club legends. Examples are Itumeleng Khune and Erick Mathoho.

Academy products

Furthermore, some players are academy products that are afforded longer periods to develop and break into the first team. Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya has left after failing to command a regular place since 2018.

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Itumeleng Khune – Legend

Brandon Peterson – Make or break

Bruce Bvuma – Academy product


Siyabonga Ngezana – Academy product

Njabulo Blom – Proven

Njabulo Ngcobo – Make or break

Thabani Dube – Make or break

Sibusiso Mabiliso – Make or break

Sifiso Hlanti – Make or break

Reeve Frosler – Proven

Happy Mashiane – Partly proven


Cole Alexander – Make or break

Phathutshedzo Nange – Make or break

Sabelo Radebe – Academy product

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo – Partly proven


Keagan Dolly – Proven

Kgaogelo Sekgota – Make or break

Khama Billiat – Proven.

Finally, with the transfer window set to close on 22 September, unexpected departures remain possible.

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New signings

  1. Zitha Kwinika
  2. Dillan Solomons
  3. Yusuf Maart
  4. Lehlogonolo Matlou
  5. Siyethemba Sithebe
  6. Kamohelo Mahlatsi
  7. Ashley Du Preez
  8. Mduduzi Shabalala.

Meanwhile, coach Arthur Zwane is continuing to train is players ahead of the opener against Royal AM on Saturday 6 August.

The game will kick off at 17:30 at the Chatsworth Stadium.

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