Keagan Dolly Kaizer Chiefs

Keagan Dolly of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates a goal with teammate Ashley Du Preez during DStv Premiership 2022/23 football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC at Soccer City on 01 April 2023 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs: SIX player EXITS on the horizon

Would you be sad to see any of these guys go?

Keagan Dolly Kaizer Chiefs

Keagan Dolly of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates a goal with teammate Ashley Du Preez during DStv Premiership 2022/23 football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC at Soccer City on 01 April 2023 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs will reshuffle the club from top to bottom this winter and that includes some high-profile player departures.


Kaizer Chiefs exits are imminent

Top earners Keagan Dolly, Itumeleng Khune and Zitha Kwinika could all leave Naturena this winter in a massive clearout. Legendary ‘keeper Khune isn’t extending his contract, Dolly’s injury problems are mounting and Kwinika won’t have a guaranteed place in the starting XI with Given Msimango and Thatayaone Ditlhokwe now the preferred combination in the centre of defence. It would be difficult to justify keeping any of these players while their wages continue to suffocate the club’s balance sheet.


Dolly dilemma

Keagan Dolly, once of Montpellier and Sundowns, joined Chiefs just under three years ago in July 2021. Reports circulating in recent weeks indicated the 31-year-old wasn’t willing to take a pay cut on his next contract and that was the sticking point in negotiations with the club. Dolly currently earns R17.5m annually at Naturena. However, according to KickOff.com, that’s not the major issue for the player. The creative midfielder is waiting to see who arrives as head coach before deciding on his future. Perhaps there’s a glimmer of hope for him with attack-minded Nasreddine Nabi waiting in the wings?

Keagan Dolly Kaizer Chiefs
Keagan Dolly is favoured to wear the Kaizer Chiefs armband next season. Image: @kaizerchiefs / twitter

Du Preez heading for Portugal?

Versatile attacker Ashley du Preez has done okay for the club in various roles, either through the middle or out wide in attack. However, it’s difficult to gauge the performance of players in the final third in such a disjointed team. Chiefs managed a meagre 25 goals in 30 league outings last term. Rumours of a R20 Million offer from a Portuguese side will be tempting for the board. Chiefs paid R10 million for him when he signed from Stellenbosch in 2022, so would represent a 100% profit. Veteran left-back Sifiso Hlanti won’t sign a new contract, so Amakhosi’s efforts to find a new option in that position will be accelerated.

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The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Balancing out the playing staff

Several players could arrive at the club this winter. High-profile names like Lebo Mothiba, Oswin Appollis and Elias Mokwana could reinforce the attack. Meanwhile, upgrades are needed between the sticks and Salim Magoola and Stanley Nwabali could be good options in that regard.


Which of these players, if any, should Chiefs retain?

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