Kaizer Chiefs news: Bobby Motaung explains Given Thibedi exit

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The academy graduate developed into a firm fan-favourite with several impressive displays in the club's Diski Challenge team before two consecutive loan spells to their Soweto rivals.

Thibedi's recall at the end of the season was met with plenty of fanfare but has now returned to Swallows FC in a permanent transfer.

Motaung disclosed that the technical team decided against retaining the 23-year-old due to a lack of first-team opportunities.

"Thibedi is a good player and we are proud to say he is a product of our youth development academy," Motaung told the club's official website.

"We sat with the technical team and assessed the squad we have assembled this season, which includes nine new recruits.

"After evaluation, we reached the decision to put him on the market and Swallows showed interest, as he has done well for them in the past."

Scroll through the gallery to see Chiefs' youngest
Scroll through the gallery to see Chiefs' youngest debutants since 2006...
14. Phakamani Mngadi made his Chiefs debut aged 19
14. Phakamani Mngadi made his Chiefs debut aged 19 years 11 months and 3 days against University of Pretoria on 13 September 2014
13. Siyabonga Ngezana made his Chiefs debut aged 1
13. Siyabonga Ngezana made his Chiefs debut aged 19 years 11 months and 2 days against Mamelodi Sundowns on 17 October 2017
12. Lucky Baloyi made his debut aged 19 years 10 m
12. Lucky Baloyi made his debut aged 19 years 10 months and 12 days against Mamelodi Sundowns on 1 May 2011
11. Njabulo Blom made his debut aged 19 years 9 mo
11. Njabulo Blom made his debut aged 19 years 9 months and 20 days against Golden Arrows on 1 October 2019
10. Lorenzo Gordinho made his debut aged 19 years
10. Lorenzo Gordinho made his debut aged 19 years 9 months and 16 days against Maritzburg United on 11 February 2014
9. Simphiwe Mtsweni made his debut aged 19 years 7
9. Simphiwe Mtsweni made his debut aged 19 years 7 months and 9 days against Bloem Celtic on 19 February 2014
8. George Lebese made his debut aged 19 years 6 mo
8. George Lebese made his debut aged 19 years 6 months and 27 days against Thanda Royal Zulu on 30 August 2008
7. Jonathan Quartey made his debut aged 19 years 4
7. Jonathan Quartey made his debut aged 19 years 4 months and 10 days against Jomo Cosmos on 25 August 2007.
6. Nkosingiphile Ngcobo made his debut aged 19 yea
6. Nkosingiphile Ngcobo made his debut aged 19 years 3 months and 21 days against Maritzburg United on 9 March 2019
5. Michael Nkambule made his debut aged 19 years 3
5. Michael Nkambule made his debut aged 19 years 3 months and 17 days against Thanda Royal Zulu on 13 February 2005
4. Knowledge Musona made his debut aged 19 years 1
4. Knowledge Musona made his debut aged 19 years 1 month and 18 days against Santos on 8 August 2009
3. Mandla Masango made his Chiefs debut aged 18 ye
3. Mandla Masango made his Chiefs debut aged 18 years and 28 days against Benoni Premier United on 15 August 2007.
2. Wiseman Meyiwa made his Chiefs debut aged 17 ye
2. Wiseman Meyiwa made his Chiefs debut aged 17 years 8 months and 17 days against Cape Town City on 12 September 2017
1. Keletso Sifama was 17 years, 8 months and 17 da
1. Keletso Sifama was 17 years, 8 months and 17 days when he made his debut against Polokwane City on 15 August 2020.