CAPE TOWN – After weeks of inactivity following the departure of first team coach Steve Komphela, Kaizer Chiefs finally made an announcement of some sorts on Tuesday evening – but it was probably not what the Amakhosi fans were hoping to hear.
One of their favourite sons, Brian Baloyi, will no longer be part of the Naturena club set-up going forward. Former Bafana Bafana and Chiefs shot-stopper Baloyi has been working as a goalkeeper coach in the club’s youth development structures, having previously been an assistant to the late first-team goalie mentor Alex Revoredo.
But on Tuesday, chairman Kaizer Motaung said that Baloyi will be leaving the club once his contract ends at the end of June. The 44-year-old was a goalkeeper at Chiefs from 1993 to 2004, and then joined Mamelodi Sundowns until his retirement in 2010. He returned to the Amakhosi two seasons ago as one of the goalkeeper coaches.
“I wish to thank Brian for his contribution during his return to the club which is his home,” said Motaung. “When we brought Brian back in the fold, we had intentions to have a longer engagement, but he recently indicated a willingness to pursue other ventures. We gave him our blessings, and we will continue to collaborate with him going forward.”
Baloyi said in a statement that those “other ventures” were in the business world. “I will be pursuing other business ventures. I will also be embarking in goalkeeping development programmes. I grew up at Chiefs, and I will forever be grateful to the club for the opportunity to get where I am today.”
But Chiefs will be hoping to hear about a few new signings – as well as a head coach in place of Komphela – over the coming weeks, especially after arch-rivals Orlando Pirates went on a shopping spree and announced nine new players on Monday.