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Kaizer Chiefs this morning unveiled as many as eight new
acquisitions ahead of the new soccer season.
Xulu’s signing has been hailed by the club as a homecoming for the
former Mamelodi Sundowns defender. Chiefs had to make the ideal replacement for
captain Tefu Mashamaite, who left the club after negotiations over a new
Xulu is blessed with the qualities of a modern defender –
quick, comfortable on the ball and can read the game well.
Xulu’s challenge, however, is how long will it take for him to be
match fit because he has not been playing lately due to a foot injury and there
is a dispute over his release by his former Russian club FC Rostov.
“I’m excited to be back home after I first arrived at Chiefs in
2008. I am going to repay the faith the club has in me as I haven’t played much
in Russia,” said Xulu, who acrimoniously severed ties with FC Rostov last Friday
following the intervention of Fifa.
Chiefs has never had a proven goalscorer in the mould of their
former goal poachers such as Knowledge Musona and Collins Mbesuma.
AmaZulu striker Ndulula comes at a time when Amakhosi was relying on midfielders
and defenders for goals.
Chiefs won last season’s championship with a solid
composition in defence and their midfielder Mandla Masango finished as the
team’s top scorer.
Ndulula is a goal poacher who always runs into good spaces at
the right time.
The former Free State Stars player can play anywhere in defence.
With Siboniso Gaxa and Tsepo Masilela already established at the right and left
fullbacks respectively, Cardoso’s competition will come from Xulu, Mulumowandau
Mathoho, Morgan Gould and Ivan Bukenya, who are already in contention for the
central defence berths.
Cardoso has rejoined his former club coach Steve
Komphela at Chiefs, meaning the defender won’t have to try too hard to
The Togolese marksman comes with the reputation of being any
coach’s dream for a striker. Abraw has good aerial strength and packs a powerful
shot on either foot.
He is a hustler in the box and he is skilful with the ball
at his feet.
Ritchie has returned for his second spell at Chiefs. He is set to
continue competing for the leftback position with Tsepo Masilela.
his game on strong forays and he enjoyed regular game time at Bloemfontein
Baloyi was a shining light at Moroka Swallows last season – even
the coaches handed him the captaincy armband.
A combative type of player, Baloyi
can read the game well and has a knack for scoring special goals.
will shake the likes of Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Willard Katsande into pulling
up their socks.
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