Kaizer Chiefs announced on Monday that they had signed another player from Zimbabwean side Chicken Inn, defender Teenage Hadebe arriving on a three-year contract to join countrymen and ex-teammates Edmore Chirambadare and Michelle Katsvairo, although the latter is due to be loaned before the end of the transfer window.
Hadebe arrives at the same time as winger Philani Zulu from Maritzburg United, who has also committed to Amakhosi for three years – both players have an option to renew.
Chiefs seem to have struck a relationship with Chicken Inn given that Hadebe is the third player in two successive seasons that joins the Glamour Boys from the popular Zimbabwean outfit. While winger Chirambadare improved as the campaign went on, striker Katsvairo also showed promised but faded and the club confirmed last month he will go out on loan.
“We have been working throughout the break to negotiate and finalise some of these deals,” said Bobby Motaung, the Chiefs football manager. “We need to make sure that coach Steve (Komphela) and his new assistant (Patrick Mabedi) have a strong team that will compete fiercely in the new season.”
Amakhosi also confirmed last month that Siyanda Xulu, Lucky Baloyi, Camaldine Abraw and Lewis Macha’s contract would not be renewed. The club finished in fourth place at the end of the 2016/17 season and, for a second successive year, ended the campaign without a trophy. But chairman Kaizer Motaung has decided to allow coach Komphela to complete his three-year contract with the hope that it would be third time lucky for the former Free State Starts and Maritzburg mentor.
In the statement announcing Zulu and Hadebe, Chiefs added that they are likely to make further signings in the coming weeks.