Inflated salaries proving major hurdle for Kaizer Chiefs discards

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It was on June 1 that Chiefs confirmed that they will not be renewing the contracts of Samir Nurkovic, Lazarous Kambole, Lebogang Manyama, Daniel Cardoso, Leonardo Castro, Daniel Akpeyi, Kearyn Baccus and the departure of their goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter.

All their contracts with Chiefs expire today (June 30) upon which they will be immediately removed from the club’s payroll.

GK: Daniel Akpeyi – 1080 minutes played
GK: Daniel Akpeyi – 1080 minutes played
DEF: Reeve Frosler – 1759 minutes played
DEF: Reeve Frosler – 1759 minutes played
DEF: Siyabonga Ngezana – 1163 minutes played
DEF: Siyabonga Ngezana – 1163 minutes played
DEF: Daniel Cardoso – 1902 minutes played
DEF: Daniel Cardoso – 1902 minutes played
DEF: Erick Mathoho – 1594 minutes played
DEF: Erick Mathoho – 1594 minutes played
MID: Phathutshedzo Nange – 1898 minutes played
MID: Phathutshedzo Nange – 1898 minutes played
MID: Cole Alexander – 1569 minutes played
MID: Cole Alexander – 1569 minutes played
DEF: Njabulo Blom – 2723 minutes played
DEF: Njabulo Blom – 2723 minutes played
FWD: Keagan Dolly – 2281 minutes played
FWD: Keagan Dolly – 2281 minutes played
FWD: Khama Billiat – 2430 minutes played
FWD: Khama Billiat – 2430 minutes played
FWD: Bernard Parker – 2134 minutes played
FWD: Bernard Parker – 2134 minutes played
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Kenyan midfielder Teddy Akumu was placed in transfer the same day as he still had a year remaining on his contract.

A day later attacking midfielder Dumisani Zuma’s expected departure for the exit was confirmed with the club highlighting that 'numerous disciplinary issues have led to the club letting him go with a year still remaining on his contract’.

Next to be announced as heading for the exit door the following day (June 3) was Bernard Parker who was leaving after 11 years with the club with his contract not being extended at the end of June.

Three weeks later, on June 21, veteran defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele also fell into the same pit with the club that he will not be offered an extension.

On the same day, the club confirmed that they are parting ways with Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya.

This brought to a dozen the number of players that Chiefs had deemed as being excess to requirement.

As the month of June comes to an end today, only two players have been confirmed by their new employers.

Zuma was the first to be announced by AmaZulu while Young Africans have finally succeeded in signing Kambole after he became a free agent.

While it would be expected that players moving from Chiefs would easily find new clubs it hasn’t been the case with the rest of the crew with all of them still having talks with prospective employers.

Money has been highlighted as being the issue with no club able to offer them similar packages to what they were earning at Chiefs.

Manyama’s package at Chiefs has scared off some of those that are interested just as with Cardoso, Castro, Akpeyi, Parker, Mphahlele and Baccus who are still without new clubs.

They were all on six-figure salaries at Chiefs and accepting pay cuts will be the next realistic option to secure their next move which proves the inflated salaries many players were on at Naturena.

Castro has given up on the DStv Premiership and returned to Colombia with Baccus expected to do the same and head back to Australia.

Ntiya-Ntiya will have to take a pay cut in moving to Sekhukhune United where he has been training.

Nurkovic has a deal in the bag but is yet to be announced by his new employers.