Kaizer Chiefs Exodus: 5 Players Who Will Likely Leave Amakhosi When 2023/24 Season Ends

Kaizer Chiefs Exodus: 5 Players Who Will Likely Leave Amakhosi When 2023/24 Season Ends

Edwin Kiplagat
May 2, 2024 at 10:02 AM
  • Kaizer Chiefs are set to release several players when the season ends
  • The Glamour Boys are having yet another miserable season in the PSL
  • Keagan Dolly is one of the high-profile players who will leave the club

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Kaizer Chiefs have had another season to forget.

Amakhosi will end the season trophyless, meaning it will be 10 years since they last won a title.

Because of a difficult campaign, the club will be looking to hire a permanent coach and offload some players before next season kicks off.

Keagan Dolly, Itumeleng Khune, Jasond Gonzalez, Kaizer Chiefs, Cavin Johnson, DStv Premiership
Keagan Dolly and Itumeleng Khune are players set to leave Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the 2023/24 season. Photos by Kaizer Chiefs and Itumeleng Khune.
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The Glamour Boys are eighth in the DStv Premiership with 33 points after 25 matches. They have lost four of their last eight games and have just two league wins in 2024.

Chiefs' last trophy came in 2015 when they won the PSL under Stuart Baxter. Since then, they have come close once, in 2020, when they finished two points behind champions, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Their misery was compounded this season when they lost to Milford FC in the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 in February. Here are five players who could leave the club in the next few months.

Players who could leave Kaizer Chiefs

Itumeleng Khune

The legendary goalkeeper signed his last Kaizer Chiefs contract mid-last year. He made his debut for the club in 2007 and has been there since, winning multiple league titles. Chiefs suspended the veteran goalkeeper in December because of indiscipline. He returned in March and last made his appearance for the club in November 2023.

Bruce Bvuma and Brandon Petersen have been the preferred choices for the goalkeeper position.

Keagan Dolly

The midfielder is reportedly one of the highest-paid players in the PSL, but his time at the club has been hampered by niggling injuries. The 31-year-old's contract ends next month, and it is unlikely that the club will hand him a new deal.

Dolly joined the Glamour Boys in the 2021/22 season from French side, Montpellier, on a three-year deal and has played 67 matches for the club.

Njabulo Ngcobo

The defender has struggled for game time at the club since joining them three seasons ago from AmaZulu FC. Like Dolly, he joined the club in 2021 and has made 43 appearances. With his deal coming to an end soon, he could move to another club for regular playing time.

Since he hasn't impressed in three years at the club, perhaps it is time for him to look for greener pastures, especially considering his age.

George Matlou

Matlaou's contract expires at the end of the season, and reports in South Africa indicate that he will not receive a new offer from the club.

The midfielder has struggled for game time since joining from Moroka Swallows in 2022. He has made 10 appearances this season and 25 since he signed for the club.

Jasond Gonzalez

The Colombian was signed by Kaizer Chiefs in August last year but hasn't lived up to the expectations. The 24-year-old has made 12 appearances this season, including four stars in the DStv Premiership. He has not scored in eight months, and it appears the club will release him. Chiefs interim coach, Cavin Johnson, said he needs time to adapt.

"Some players, especially South Americans… take a little bit longer than others to get to know the feel of the PSL or the feel of South African football," he commented via Far Post.

Chiefs will have a new permanent coach next season as they look for their first trophy in nearly a decade. A new coach will bring in new players to rejuvenate the team.

Chiefs' most disappointing seasons

Sports Brief also previously listed Chiefs' 5 most disappointing seasons after they suffered their 10th league defeat in the 2023/24 season.

Last season, they lost 12 matches as they finished fifth in the DStv Premiership. This season, they could match that with five games left.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.