Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs have announced that
Benoni-born defender Lorenzo Gordinho and Ghanaian midfielder James
Kotei will both be leaving the club.
Gordinho will join Bidvest Wits on a two-and-a-half year contract,
while Kotei's contract has been terminated by mutual agreement.
Gordinho joined Chiefs’ youth development academy as a 15-year-old
and made his official debut for the first team against Maritzburg United
in a 2-2 draw on 11 February 2014. He later became a regular feature in
Amakhosi’s starting line-up, although the defender hasn’t featured much
in recent times.
Kotei joined the Glamour Boys from Tanzania’s top side Simba before
the 2019/2020 season, but the defensive midfielder has been unable to
get into Chiefs’ starting XI. The 26-year-old’s lone start came against
Bloemfontein Celtic in the Macufe Cup.
Kotei's departure now paves the way for central midfielder Anthony
Akumu's arrival at the club as the Amakhosi have now freed up a space
for another foreign player. The highly-rated Kenyan is expected to sign a
three-and-a-half year contract at Naturena in the coming days.
"We were happy when James joined us," Chiefs' Football Manager, Bobby
Motaung says about Kotei’s departure. "Unfortunately, football has its
own dynamics. James didn’t play and we felt that we had to split
"I like to thank the club’s Chairman, Kaizer Motaung, for the warm
reception he gave me and also Bobby Motaung for the love and care he
showed me," Kotei reflects.
"Even though I wasn’t successful at Kaizer Chiefs, the love and unity
were there. I hugely admire the professionalism of the club. I really
hope that Kaizer Chiefs will become champions this season."
About Gordinho leaving for Wits, Motaung pointed out: "Lorenzo
leaving us is a touchy one, especially as he has been for almost ten
years with us, starting at our youth development. His challenge,
however, was getting game-time.
"We also didn’t want to block his career, as he got an opportunity to
join another top club. We thank Lorenzo for his service to Kaizer
Chiefs in all those years."
The 25-year-old defender himself is a bit emotional when looking for
the right words: "I want to thank everybody at Kaizer Chiefs… the
Chairman, the Motaung family, all the coaches, the staff… Everybody at
the club played a role in my growth as a player and as a person.
"I will never forget the friendships I developed with people at the
club’s various levels. I will take all what I’ve learnt at Kaizer Chiefs
to the next chapter in my playing career."
- TeamTalk Media