Chiefs set for player shake-up

2012-05-16 17:12

Johannesburg - Major player changes to Kaizer Chiefs are in the offing, soccer manager Bobby Motaung said on Wednesday.

The club has already signed Bafana Bafana defender Siboniso Gaxa from Belgian club Lierse SK, and up to seven new names are set to don the club colours next season.

"We are planning on adding six to seven new players for next season," Motaung said on Wednesday.

"We are in negotiations with the clubs regarding some players and respect that they have contracts with their teams."

Some of the players targeted by the club had mutual agreements on personal terms with Amakhosi.

Morgan Gould (SuperSport United), Eric Mathoho (Bloemfontein Celtic), midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi (Wits) and striker Edward Manqele (Free State Stars) were reportedly in advanced stages of transfer talks with Chiefs.

"We have agreed with the players on personal terms. They have accepted and want to come here," Motaung said.

"I obviously can't do any more, and now it's up to the respective clubs to release them when we negotiate."

Motaung added that Santos striker Erwin Isaacs will not be coming to Chiefs, despite earlier rumours linking him to the Soweto giants. The Cape-based forward has been linked with Amakhosi for the last three seasons.

"We have not spoken to Isaacs and Santos about signing," Motaung said.

The Glamour side will look to rekindle lost ground, having gone through a rare trophy-less season.

According to Motaung, the re-building process for next season started when they successfully lured Gaxa, 26, back to the country on a three-year contract that starts from next season.

He left Mamelodi Sundowns -- shortly after the 2009 Fifa Confederation Cup tournament in national colours -- for Belgium two years ago.

"We started speaking to him a few months back," Motaung said.

"We've always held an interest in him, even before he joined Sundowns from SuperSport United.

"He's training with the team now based on the agreement we have had with Lierse, but he's available from next season."

Stuart Baxter, the Englishman who begins coaching duties at the club in June, also had a hand in the new developments.

There were contributions from interim coaches, Doctor Khumalo and Donald Khuse, who will also form part of Baxter's technical team.

"He [Baxter] has been engaged in the signings, and luckily he also knows South African players," Motaung said.

"The current technical team as well played a part."

The Chiefs' management has hinted that up to 10 players will leave the Chiefs Village to make way for new acquisitions.

While most fringe players will be released, the futures of veterans Jimmy Tau and Tinashe Nengomasha may also be in discussion in the coming weeks.

"We had to first check and then exhaust the quality of players that we have now," Motaung said.

"Khumalo and Khuse have done a fantastic job on that.

"We now have an idea of where to head in the new season."

Chiefs conclude the season with a Premiership match against AmaZulu at FNB Stadium on Saturday.


  • Namedi - 2012-05-16 17:43

    Hi Bobby, is it true that talks are at an advance stage to bring the Vodacom striker Ma-Alpha Mpesa to Chiefs? Deshi, it is not easy staying at the top.

  • Abraham - 2012-05-16 17:50

    Bobby you must also shape up. You don't have management skiLls you are killing the tree which was planted and natured by Bra Kaizer just give those who knows how and enjoy

      Linduvuyo - 2012-05-16 23:53

      I thi Bobby has done a good job based by his experience. Bra Kaizer let him loose too early. The young master has potential and can spot talent (Musona, Majoro, Kitsande, to name a few) what he needed was coached and mentoring by the master himself. This is happening watch this space. Nkosinathi George Matu

  • Andile - 2012-05-16 17:56

    Yerrr Sboniso Gaxa is still 26??? News24 come on now!! But Bobby as long as you are interfering Chiefs will get nothing! You have a new coach but you are choosing all the players for him, what if they don't fit his playing plans? Again in January you will fire and hire.

      Linduvuyo - 2012-05-17 00:07

      Andile, do not make comments based on assumptions. Bobby and Kaizer have stated that the present technical team including the coach is part of identifying the players in question. Another thing we do not know is when management has been talking to Baxter, surely his appointment so quickly may suggest that it was long time ago (another assumption), however, the point is it would seem to me that Bobby is on the right track and crucifying him is not an option but building him. We all make mistakes. Nkosinathi George Matu

  • bandile.mashele - 2012-05-16 18:24

    Atleast now de amakhosi manager has come 2his senses

  • given.mtsweni - 2012-05-16 20:14

    How about we also get Thamsanqa Sangweni da guy is good

      Linduvuyo - 2012-05-17 00:16

      There are so many players that are good, however, when you buy a player he must fit to the culture and the system of the club otherwise we would buy all good players like Sundowns and end up being more frustrated when we do not win. I still say let the technical team do their job. This time I think we are on the right track. I agree with you that he is a good player but there are others, we can't buy everybody. Nkosinathi George Matu

  • Linduvuyo - 2012-05-16 23:45

    I think the involvement of the Chairman, Kaizer Motaung, will make a difference. With due respect to the Manager, Bobby Motaung, he needs to be mentored by the former. Bobby has the potential. I think Chiefs are on the right track. However, I must warn Kaizer not to emulate Khoza, the Chairman of Orlando Pirates by getting involved too much. I like his style of management letting the people take decision, yes this time his intervention is hghly necessary especially in negotiations with quality players. Bobby must be humble and learn from the master. Nkosinathi George Matu

  • Linduvuyo - 2012-05-17 00:24

    The intervention of Bra Kaizer is highly welcomed. Knowing his management style I know he is coaching and mentoring Bobby, if he did it before I think he let him loose before the right time. At the same breath I fail to understand what is the role of a CEO in clubs. You always hear about the chairman and the manager besides a coach. For instance Bra Kaizer appointed a CEO and a Manager to remove himself from operations, however, I still have to hear the comments let alone actions taken by the CEO under the poor performance of the team. My question is "WHAT IS THE ROLE OF CEO'S IN OUR CLUBS?" Nkosinathi George Matu

  • lerato.sebeela - 2012-05-17 13:38

    i hope KC doesnt kick out quality players for old Krocks

  • lerato.sebeela - 2012-05-17 13:39

    i hope KC doesnt kick out quality players for old krocks

  • trevor.n.makenya - 2012-05-17 15:59

    Erwin Isaacs is needed and rodges need to join us if we need a cup look at man city they won coz they a ready to buy best players

      Kingsly - 2012-05-18 09:39

      shapa khosi shapa

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