Chiefs freeze on player sales

2010-08-18 14:45

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs are not selling any of their big name stars this season.

That was the statement from Amakhosi football manager Bobby Motaung on Wednesday, ending months of speculation on four top players joining overseas clubs.

Motaung stated Bafana Bafana winger Siphiwe Tshabalala, national goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, Zimbabwean midfield Tinashe Nengomasha and Burundi international defender Valery Nahayo, are staying with the club.

Tshabalala, who had a brilliant World Cup for Bafana, has been the target of a number of European clubs but Motaung said Tshabalala was not going anywhere.

"We have not received a concrete offer and he is staying at Chiefs. The transfer chapter is closed and that is the end of the story.

“That goes for the other players as well. We are not releasing anyone.”

Tshabalala said he was happy to stay with Chiefs and said he was not unsettled or disappointed that his much publicised move to Europe did not materialise.

“I am focused with Chiefs and aim to help them win trophies again this season, starting with the MNT8,” said the flying left winger.

Tshabalala will be a key player for Amakhosi in their MTN8 quarter-final against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Rand Stadium on Saturday night. Kick-off is at 20:15.

Tshabalala added he has always been happy playing for Chiefs. "The team comes first and I am looking forward to playing against Celtic. It won’t be easy as they have some new top signings.

"We will not make the mistake of underestimating them. I am up for the challenge.”

Nengomasha, who returned from a medical and trial with a club in Qatar two weeks ago, will not be available for the clash against Celtic.

Nahayo was also set to join the same Qatar team, but did not travel to the Middle East for a trial or medical and helped Chiefs lift the recent Telkom Charity Cup played at the FNB Stadium.

“Nengomasha needs more time to get fully fit. He missed two weeks of pre-season and has to catch up, so I will not risk him against Celtic,” said Chiefs head coach Vladimir Vermezovic.

Motaung said the Qatar club had not made an offer on either Nengomasha or Nahayo. “A transfer is a two-way street. The club in Qatar did not come with an offer and Nenomasha was not happy with the set-up after going there for a medical.

"He said he did not fancy playing there and was happy to be back at Chiefs where he will again be a part of our squad.”


  • Syd - 2010-08-18 15:11

    I'm a Downs supporter and am thrilled to get these news. This will go a long way in ensurring that overseas teams respect South African Football. No more will they get players for next to nothing, watch out in January transfer window they will come back. This will also strengthen SA football. Now Downs must do the same and keep Mphela and Gaxa

  • Players play - 2010-08-18 15:48

    Keep them and motivate them, we don't want to watch deoralised players with long lips.......

  • Mluleki - 2010-08-18 15:51

    Im disappointed that these players are unable to further develop their carriers in the international platforms because of financial politics in football, however if players themselves are happy where they are, that settles it for me. Im a Chiefs supporter

  • Kitaza - 2010-08-18 16:16

    Dream on baba.. These player are not mentally fit and will lose form come January they will be valued even less.. Mphela needs 2 get exposed 2 tough Euro conditions 2 become a better striker for us as a country. He must also make a living out of this europeans while his legs can carry him. Remember Downs destroyed his confidence only to be saved by Pitso when he called him for the CONFED CUP. Why want more for him then?

  • Jimmy Jump - 2010-08-18 16:23

    Freeze sale on players? how many players did chiefs sell KANTI?

  • Mzobe - 2010-08-18 16:33

    They are all a bunch of below average players!!!!!!

  • Khosikazi - 2010-08-18 16:42

    This article has too many spelling mistakes..... Am so glad the boys are remaining for another season with KCF. Re shapa Fela!!!

  • BraB - 2010-08-18 16:47

    i think they must stay.

  • Mmm - 2010-08-18 16:51

    Its very funny. I've never such insensitivity. Let the players be exposed to tougher leagues and tougher opponents. That's the only way SA football can develop and players' value can increase. Yu can't have Pirates vs Chiefs everyday and expect players to develop.

  • Magomarele Thobejane - 2010-08-18 17:15

    Next year they will be worth close to nothing like Teko Modise. They better go now or never.

  • thabang - 2010-08-18 17:42

    its not fair bobby jou grootkop give other people a chance lmao

  • Oom pat 15 - 2010-08-19 10:13

    Either way they all useless so what the fuss all about,,,,

  • TUMELO RICHARD THEKA - 2010-08-19 11:34

    I'm very disappointed about the decision of Bobby,it seems like he is so greedy to smoothersise things for the players, if he is going to behave like this nothing concrete will ever workout for Kaizer Chiefs' players , he should be able to think and think carefully before he takes the decision!

  • mlungisi - 2010-08-19 13:25

    hey wena oom pat 15, who you calling useless, our players are not useless. we cant just sell our players to europe even if we see that we are being ripped off, we will sell our players according the market value. i agree with bobby, shabba is worth 15M OR MORE, FINISH. look at egypt, 90% of their players play locally and yet they still ranked 9th in the world. im not comparing SA to egypt but we can learn as to how they archive that, my point is we dont need our players to play abroad for us to do well on national level. we can use our talent and strength to play our normal game and still do well. england for example, they are the most overated footballing nation i' ve ever seen and yet people still say they have the best leageue in the world, but why ant they do well on national level? and then people talk about our players being useless, ENGLISH PLAYERS ARE USELESS!!

  • far kuks - 2010-08-19 13:34

    These players are not going anywhere because they are not worth playing anywhere else. So Bobby your statement saves the players and yo own face

  • Yardman - 2010-08-19 17:07

    I have watched those South Africans players in the world cup and I must say most of the better players are really "Rubbish", they should remain in local football, because they are at the level of the english league2 standard or below.South Africa has one quality player and thats Steven Pinear, Benni Macarty in now too fat these days,he will be playing reserve football at West Ham for a while.

  • Kingkaizer@Craig - 2010-08-20 13:42

    They can keep them for whatever I care. They are not going to win anything this year. They better cherish the Telkom Charity Cup for what it is worth.

  • Phillip - 2010-08-20 14:31

    I say good for our local teams, our players get sold for nothing and that's why they end up sitting on the bench to rott there and they come back dead look. Only a handful of our players have had success overseas. Oh Katlego Mphela I would love for him to go overseas bt for now he must just stay so I can watch him on our home soil

  • Bix - 2010-08-23 11:37

    Its a good thing that our players stay local. Hence they end up penniles and clubless in europe like Delron Buckley.

  • Miss Ego - 2010-08-25 14:13

    I am glad that the General is back where he belongs, i was afraid that he was going to lose it there, i mean he is older than he claims to be anyways. he belongs here, with all the other lying players......they all older than what they claim to!!!!!!!!!!!!! anywho go Khosi go.

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