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

Why NINE Kaizer Chiefs stars are nowhere to be seen

Naturena is a quiet place so far,

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

Naturena is eerily quiet as pre-season preparations get underway in earnest at Kaizer Chiefs. Where is everybody?

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Nine players are reportedly not in training yet. Namely, Keagan Dolly, Siyethemba Sithebe, Njabulo Ngcobo, Sifiso Hlanti, Tebogo Potsane, George Matlou, Edmilson Dove, Edson Castillo and Jasond Gonzalez. Midfielders Matlou and Potsane are carrying injuries. Castillo and Dove are away with their countries on international duty. Central defender Njabulo Ngcobo is leaving the club to sign for Sekhulkhune, while Amakhosi also announced that jasond Gonzalez will be returning to Bolivia with Real Santa Cruz after his underwhelming loan spell.

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

Out-of-contract trio

Keagan Dolly and Siyethemba Sihebe’s contracts expire at the end of this month and it’s unclear whether either will be with the club next term. The same is true for club skipper Itumeleng Khune. The 37-year-old made his PSL debut for Amakhosi against Jomo Cosmos in August 2007. In the 17 years that have elapsed, he has scooped seven major honours with the Glamour Boys, including three DStv Premiership crowns in 2005, 2013 and 2015. This guy was also PSL Footballer of the Year in 2013. Say what you will, but Khune is a bona fide Amakhosi legend. His gloves will be huge ones to fill when he eventually moves on from the club.

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Kaizer Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune accepts and regrets the decision to strip him of his captaincy. Image Source: (@ItumelengKhune/Instagram)

When is Nabi arriving at Chiefs?

Tunisian tactician Nasreddine Nabi has finally publically acknowledged that Naturena is his next coaching destination. He’s in line to arrive at the club on July 1st or thereabouts.

“I hope to attend the Throne Cup final, God Almighty willing. I learned from friends of mine inside Raja some time ago about the final date and it was said that it will be the 30th of this month. Therefore, before I leave for Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa to have my experience with them, I hope to supervise the Royal Army and I will be crowned with them in the Throne Cup final,” Nabi said in his post-match press conference after the semifinal win.

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Nasreddine Nabi with AS FAR in Morocco. Image: @safootclassics / X

Are you excited about the new era at Naturena? Which players should stay? Is Khune one of them? Let us know in the comments section below.