Cape Town – Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter searched his black book in order to help ex-Glamour Boys.
According to The Citizen, the 62-year-old coach used his contacts to help Mandla Masango, Tefu Mashamaite and Matthew Rusike find clubs in Europe.
Masango along with Mashamaite and Itumeleng Khune left the Naturena club with the intention to find greener pastures.
However, the trio found life outside Chiefs a bit difficult as it went on to the players having gone two months without having a team acquire their services.
Khune and Masango were training by themselves while Mashamaite had the opportunity to rub shoulders with Frank Lampard in the United States.
The 30-year-old had a 10-day trial with New York City FC but things failed to fall into place as the club’s foreign quota was already full.
The defender eventually penned a two-year deal with Swedish side BK Hacken but is yet to make his official debut for the club due to work permit issues.
Masango was linked with an audacious move to Absa Premiership Mpumalanga Black Aces which proved to be only rumours.
The 26-year-old soon signed for Randers FC of Denmark and is already off the mark with a debut goal.
Rusike joined a Portuguese side CD Nacional Madeira from Chiefs, however the Zimbabweans stay turned sour less than one month in. The 25-year-old then signed a 18-month contract with Halmstadts BK from Sweden.