JOHANNESBURG – Bobby Motaung, the Kaizer Chiefs football manager, says they are struggling to offload players that have not had much game time over the last two seasons.
Amakhosi have signed attacking midfielders Siphelele Ntshangase and Kabelo Mahlasela, as well as striker Leonardo Castro, in this January transfer window and have also promoted Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya from their academy.
Asked whether the club would be allowing a few more to go to make room for the new recruits, Motaung said that mission was proving impossible so far.
“I don’t know what it is, but players don’t want to leave Chiefs,” he said on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s also unfortunate because players will never tell you when they want to leave, unless you can see it as management.
“Even players that we have asked to consider being loaned out don’t want to leave. It just feels painful for them to leave.”
Keagan Buchanan and William Twala are just two of a long list of players who are struggling to break into the first team this season.
Buchanan was signed from Bloemfontein Celtic mid-2016 and has been the subject of interest from Maritzburg United, while Twala joined six months earlier from Chippa United.
“A player is as good as his last game. You can’t take pride in having a Porsche that’s parked in the garage, but not moving. The car must move. So players are the same, and we pay them to work,” said Motaung. “We do open doors when other clubs want our players. I have engaged their agents (Buchanan and Twala) in terms of trying to find a solution because they are not playing, which is a concern because they are quality players.
“Maritzburg have made a statement that they want Keagan, but they have not negotiated with us. It’s just a matter of time, but we will see what moves happen before the end of the window.”