Ex-Kaizer Chiefs quintet struggles on in club hunt


Chiefs began their clear-out on the first day of June announcing the departures of several players including Leonardo Castro, Samir Nurkovic, Lazarous Kambole, Kearyn Baccus, Daniel Cardoso, Lebogang Manyama, Daniel Akpeyi, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, and Dumisani Zuma.

In the days and weeks after that, they also confirmed that Bernard Parker, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Teddy Akumu, and Sibusiso Mabiliso were also being cut off.

All but just five of those players have since found new clubs.

KickOff details the situations of those five players.

Released while still injured, Manyama has returned to his former employer Cape Town City where he is completing his rehabilitation.

He hasn’t signed but having enjoyed the best years of his career at the club he has been allowed back to work on his recovery while at the club.

With only two months of football left before the World Cup, it is unlikely that he will play before the end of the year.

His last appearance for Chiefs was at the beginning of March against Orlando Pirates in a season in which he didn’t score from a total of 11 appearances.

Kenyan midfielder Teddy Akumu Agay still hasn’t moved on up to now.

His reality is that after starting just two games last season from the 10 appearances that he managed with the last coming in November he will move on to a ‘lesser’ club.

Colombian forward Leonardo Castro has been back home for almost two months but is yet to sign for a new club.

He has already hinted that his next move will be to a club in South America closer to his family in Bogota.

Putting the 33-year-old in an awkward situation is the fact that after having been on R7 million in his last year at Chiefs he will now get less than a quarter with his next contract.

Nigerian keeper Daniel Akpeyi is facing similar financial challenges in securing his next deal.

The 36-year-old has been demanding a salary of R200 000 plus R800 000 signing on fees from clubs that he has spoken to, but he has so far found no joy.

He has been training in Johannesburg but could now be forced to look outside the country.

The last of the players released by Chiefs, Sibusiso Mabiliso has been linked with a return to AmaZulu.

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