By Isaac Ndou
Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung says he sometimes feels frustrated when he has to release some players from the club due to the fact that the players themselves do not want to leave Naturena.
The Galmour boys have bolstered their squad by signing prolific striker Leonardo Castro from Mamelodi Sundowns, Kabelo Mahlasela from Bloemfontein Celtic and their long term target Siphelele Ntshangase from Baroka FC.
With those additions, one would expect the club to offload some players who are not seeing any game time but are on good pay cheques at the club. However, Motaung is aware of those expectations but insists that it is hard to release players who do not want to be released.
“I don’t know what it is, but players don’t want to leave Chiefs. 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. 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,” Motaung said.
William Thwala and Keagan Buchanan are currently the names topping the list in heading for the exit door at Naturena as they have failed to meet expectations at the club, seeing less game time than anticipated when they joined the club. Motaung has since confirmed knowledge of Maritzburg United’s interest in signing Buchanan but has insisted that the team of choice have not made any contact.
“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,” he concluded.
Amakhosi have also for months been linked with a swoop for Mamelodi Sundowns want-away star Khama Billiat who is in the last six months of his contract at Chloorkop.