Kaizer Chiefs’ Seven Signings – How Best XI could look in 2023-24
- Amakhosi finished fifth in the 2022-23 DSTV Premiership season
- Coach Arthur Zwane has been demoted with Molefi Ntseki taking over
- Chiefs lost 12 of 30 league matches last season, prompting seven new signings
Chiefs have signed seven new players in this transfer window (Getty Images)
The Defence Has Been Tightened Up
The first two signings made were both central defenders. Chiefs leaked far too many goals last season with some howlers at the back. Thatayaone Ditlhokwe and Given Msimango are good additions with the latter having captained TS Galaxy.
Vastly experienced Erick Mathoho has been released and departs as a Chiefs legend.
- The Defence Has Been Tightened Up
- Three Attackers Arrive
- Six Players Have Left the Club
- Kaizer Chiefs' best XI next season
- Chiefs Transfers in Full
- Summary – Greater Competition in Every Area
Three Attackers Arrive
Chiefs have moved to add more firepower to their misfiring attack. Ranga Chivaviro scored 17 times last season and despite nearing the age of 31, he is a ruthless finisher. The striker arrives from Marumo Gallants.
Pule Mmodi and Tebogo Potsane have been recruitment on free transfers. Mmodi saw his deal at Golden Arrows expire whilst Potsane arrives from Royal AM. The wide players will bring greater dribbling and pace to Chiefs.
The other additions are both central midfielders. Mduduzi Mdantsane has cost R 3.5 million from Cape Town City and 29-year-old Venezuelan Edson Castillo has come in.
Six Players Have Left the Club
Amakhosi have allowed six players to depart. Of those exits, only Siyabonga Ngezana was a regular last season and he has brought in a significant transfer fee.
Khama Billiat was offered a new contract but has gone AWOL and seemingly won’t be part of the plans next term.
Kaizer Chiefs' best XI next season
With the new additions, Chiefs have more competition next term. In goal, veteran Itumeleng Khune is competing with Brandon Petersen to be the first choice.
At the back, both Thatayaone Ditlhokwe and Given Msimango are certain starters at centre half. Veteran Sifiso Hlanti and Edmilson Dove will fight for the left back role. Reeve Frosler should get the nod on the opposite side.
In midfield, Yusuf Maart is an essential player. Newly signed Edson Castillo from Monagas may be the anchor man in the engine room. Keagan Dolly will start when fit and so will winger Pule Mmodi.
Ashley Du Preez will play up front with the final spot set to go to one of Christian Saile, Mduduzi Mdantsane or Ranga Chivaviro.
Chiefs Transfers in Full
Thatayaone Ditlhokwe (SuperSport United), Edson Castillo (Monagas), Given Msimango (TS Galaxy), Tebogo Potsane (Royal AM), Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City), Pule Mmodi (Golden Arrows), Ranga Chivaviro (Marumo Gallants)
Phathutshedzo Nange (SuperSport United), Erick Mathoho (released), Cole Alexander (released), Siyabonga Ngezana (Football Club FCSB), Austin Dube (Richards Bay), Khama Billiat (released)
Summary – Greater Competition in Every Area
Chiefs’ signings have boosted all areas of the team, besides goalkeeper. There is much more creativity and more experience to guide the younger players.
A lot will come down to which players Molefi Ntseki favours. He has worked with youth in the past and may want to show confidence in the academy graduates at his disposal.
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