Chiefs Turn Attention to DStv Premiership Keeper As Club Legend Questions Nwabali’s Credentials

Chiefs Turn Attention to DStv Premiership Keeper As Club Legend Questions Nwabali’s Credentials

Byron Pillay
June 21, 2024 at 9:22 AM
In this article:
Stanley Nwabali logo
S. Nwabali
-GNigeria logo
Chippa United logo
Chippa United
South Africa
Kaizer Chiefs logo
Kaizer Chiefs
South Africa
F. Ntwari logo
TS Galaxy logoGRwanda logo
TS Galaxy logo
TS Galaxy
South Africa
Nigeria logo
Itumeleng Khune logo
I. Khune
Kaizer Chiefs logoGSouth Africa logo
  • Itumeleng Khune could be departing Kaizer Chiefs soon, and the club are actively searching for a replacement keeper
  • Nigeria's Stanley Nwabali remains a possibility for the Amakhosi, but the Chippa United star has attracted elsewhere as well
  • Brian Baloyi isn't convinced by some of the players his former club are considering signing, including Chippa United's Nwabali

PAY ATTENTION: Checkout Fixtures; Live Scores; Results and Tables section on Sports Brief and never miss out on the action ⚽️

Kaizer Chiefs’ search for a new goalkeeper continues.

The Soweto-based side are looking to bring in a replacement for Itumeleng Khune, as the club legend nears the end of his career.

Uncertainty over Itumeleng Khune 's has led to Kaizer Chiefs looking for replacements for the club legend.
Itumeleng Khune could be departing Kaizer Chiefs as a player, and the club are searching for an able replacement for him. Image: Pierre Philippe Marcou.
Source: Getty Images

While Chippa United’s Stanley Nwabali remains a consideration, he isn’t the only one on their radar.

Soccer Laduma reported that the Amakhosi have also been linked with a move for Richards Bay’s Salim Magoola following his exploits for the side.

Magoola has been instrumental in ensuring the Natal Rich Boys retained their Premier Soccer League status, but the Glamour Boys have since cooled their interest in him.

"Yes, there was interest from Kaizer Chiefs in the player but it seems that the club is also looking elsewhere for a goalkeeper," the publication noted.

Who else are Chiefs looking at?

While Nigeria’s Nwabali is top of the list, the club are also eyeing another impressive foreigner.

Rwanda’s Fiacre Ntwari is the latest keeper to be linked with the side thanks to his performances for TS Galaxy.

The 24-year-old made 18 appearances and kept eight clean sheets in the league for the Rockets, as they finished in sixth place.

Why Chiefs need a new keeper

The Amakhosi have been searching for a new rock at the back as uncertainty looms over Khune’s future. The legend is expected to retire soon, and Chiefs want to bring in a capable replacement who can challenge Brandon Petersen and Bruce Bvuma for the number-one spot.

They were also criticised recently by another legend, Brian Baloyi, who wasn’t convinced by the club’s potential new signings.

As noted by FAR Post, Baloyi questioned whether Nwabalo and Magoola were better than Bvuma and Petersen.

"You can see a goalkeeper playing well at Chippa United, and he goes to Chiefs; it’s a different beast. You have supporters who are very demanding and vocal. So, you can’t bring a goalkeeper where there’s so much pressure to win things," he said.

Chiefs undecided over Khune’s future

Sports Brief also recently reported that Chiefs were undecided about Khune and his future.

The keeper is committed to continue playing, but the club is unsure about extending his deal.

Some in the Amakhosi’s hierarchy are also considering offering him a new management role.

Byron Pillay photo
Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
DStv Premiership