How Chiefs' new signings will fit in

2015-06-24 06:00
Kaizer Chiefs’ new coach Steve Komphela is fully aware of the challenges that await him. PHOTO: Themba Makofane

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed their intake of players for the 2014/15 season – announcing five new signings, two youth promotions and one loan return on Tuesday at Naturena.

Here, Sport24 takes a look at who the new faces are and how they might fit into the Chiefs setup.


Probably Chiefs’ biggest signing of the season, Xulu arrives as the necessary replacement for last season’s player of the season Tefu Mashamaite. Chiefs will be hoping that Xulu is immediately comfortable alongside Erick Mathoho, and that the pair forms the same partnership that Mathoho and Mashamaite enjoyed last term. Xulu joins from Russian Premier League club FC Rostov with pedigree aplenty and, at just 23, he is being eyed as a long term option for both Chiefs and Bafana Bafana.


The left back returns to Naturena from Bloemfontein Celtic, where he spent just a season after a failed stint at Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic. Ritchie will find it difficult to break into the first side at Chiefs with Tsepo Masilela a common feature in the championship-winning defence last season. But Ritchie is five years Masilela’s junior, and will look to use his opportunities to knuckle down a place long term.


The centre back has enjoyed a run at national level of late and now joins from Free State Stars. It is a move that shows how seriously Chiefs view the departure of Mashamaite, but Cardoso will be up against Mathoho, Xulu as well as Morgan Gould for a starting place. At 26, Cardoso is in his prime and his move to Chiefs will be crucial to his chances of forging a career with Bafana – spending time warming the bench will not help his cause.


How much of a say coach Steve Komphela had in these signings is unclear, but the Ndulula capture comes across as a gamble. The striker has fallen out of favour at international level, and has been far from ruthless throughout his AmaZulu career. He is a target man, but does not possess a lot of pace and it is hard to see him covering much ground up front.


Far more mobile than Ndulula and a harder worker, the Abraw signing makes a bit more sense on the surface. He can fill the void left by Kingston Nkhatha, but scored just five goals last season in the league.


The central midfielder returns from a loan spell at relegated Moroka Swallows, but how he slots back into the Chiefs team remains to be seen. Much has been expected from Baloyi, who has not quite lived up to expectations as the gifted playmaker many thought he was. He has a chance now to put that right.


The defensive pair has been elevated from the youth structures. The good news for them is that in Komphela they have a coach who gets a kick out of nurturing young talent and is not afraid to give young players a chance. 


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

28 October 2016
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Chippa United v Platinum Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 20:00
29 October 2016
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium 15:30
Ajax Cape Town v SuperSport United, Cape Town Stadium 20:15
Bloemfontein Celtic v Wits, Dr. Molemela Stadium 20:15
30 October 2016
Mamelodi Sundowns v Cape Town City, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Highlands Park v Free State Stars, Makhulong Stadium 15:30
Baroka FC v Polokwane City, New Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

When all is said and done in the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season, who will be crowned champions of South Africa?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.