Kaizer Chiefs cleaned the floor with the other 15
clubs at the Absa Premiership glittering awards night on Sunday.
At the forefront, was gangling defender and captain,
Tefu Mashamaite who took three of the four awards he was nominated for, thus
making a tidy sum of R450 000.
Then as expected, Englishman Stuart Baxter walked away
with the Coach of the Year gong and George Maluleka chipped in with R80 000 for
the MTN's Last Man Standing award for good measure.
All good and well for a club that showed consistency
right through the season.
However, the question now becomes: Will Chiefs be able
to hold on to their coach and captain
viz: Mashamaite and Baxter?
Rumours have been swirling around for a long time that
Baxter is on the verge of bidding the Naturena side farewell. From as early as
the beginning of the just ended season, there was talk that the South African
Football Association (SAFA) were interested
in roping in Baxter as the Technical Director.
There is now talk that a number of clubs, some from
Europe, have been circling the Briton in a bid to woo him into their camps.
Only time will tell whether he will be able to resist both
the lure of the Euro (which is currently
much, much more attractive than the Rand) and just that urge for a change of
The latest talk in soccer circles is that mining
mogul, Patrice Motsepe, the real Mr Moneybags of South African football, has
offered Mashamaite a mountain of dough to join his toy, Mamelodi Sundowns.
And very few players have in the past been able to
resist Motsepe's charm, let alone his more than enough money.
After years of following and covering South African
football, one has learned that it is one field where there is hardly smoke
After an extremely domineering season, what would be
the consequences of Amakhosi losing their two pillars in coach and defender?
Don't forget that goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune's future
with the Naturena side is still not secure as the player has still not put pen
on paper to sign on the dotted line.
Are these indications of an uncertain season on the
horizon for the would be league defending champions?
With this season's success, that brought not only the
league championship but the MTN8 Cup as well, the club's supporters will be
looking for even more success.
We all know how
demanding the Amakhosi faithful can be.
But this is not called football's silly season for
It is at this time of the season where there is a lot
of speculation about coaches and players' movements. Some of the speculated
moves do materialise while some just fizzle out.
It will also be interesting to see what happens to the
two big moves that were mooted during the January open window period. Still
remember those, of Oupa Manyisa from Orlando Pirates to Sundowns and Bongani
"Drogba" Ndulula leaving AmaZulu for Kaizer Chiefs.
At the time. it was reported that the deals could not
go through as the two concerned players were not around to sign on the dotted
lines for their "new" clubs, thanks to Bafana Bafana's flight being
delayed in Equatorial Guinea after the Africa Cup of Nations.
So, here is to the soccer silly season where the rumour
mill goes into overdrive.
S’Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning well over 20 years. He is
currently City Press Sports Editor.
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