Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala
admits that the loss of coach Stuart Baxter, Itumeleng Khune, Tefu Mashamaite
and Mandla Masango was a big blow for the team.
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The quartet recently left the club after a successful season
where Amakhosi clinched the league and MTN8 cup double.
The departures came after failing to agree new terms
following the expiration of their contracts, while Baxter’s deal was terminated
despite having one more year left to run.
Tshabalala, who joined Chiefs in 2007, had been long-time
team-mates with youth products Khune and Masango, and admits it is tough to
believe that such influential players as well as the highly-rated Baxter were
allowed to leave all at once.
"We became a family and we are going to miss them, but,
just as I said about the coach, such things happen in football,"
Tshabalala told Soccer Laduma.
"Obviously it’s very sad to lose a coach like Stuart
Baxter. He joined the team three seasons ago and we have won four trophies.
But, you know, in football things happen and we have to be ready to face life
"Yes, we would have loved to have been together for as
long as we could, but that’s not the case. We have to move on and be