GSV Grading The Deal; Kaizer Chiefs

The Phefeni Glamour Boys | Kaizer Chiefs
The Phefeni Glamour Boys | Kaizer Chiefs
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy

The 2015/16 Premier Soccer League season is now officially underway, while football fanatics from far and wide all experience the mixed bag of emotions that come with being an avid football follower in such entertaining times, we at GSV have served you up a little morsel for thought as we begin to approach the end of the transfer window. Dished out for your reading pleasure, we present to you GSV Grading The Deal, were all the ABSA Premiership clubs will have their acquisitions dissected with the view of shedding more light on the shady world of transfer dealings. Enjoy!

ABSA Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs Football Club

Signings

Siyanda Xulu

Transferred From: FC Rostov (Russia)

DoB: December 30th, 1991 (25)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Ball-Playing Defender (Centre)

Daniel Cardoso

Transferred From: Free State Stars

DoB: February 16th, 1989 (26)

Nationality: South African/ Portuguese

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Ball-Playing Defender (Centre)

Keegan Ritchie

Transferred From: Bloemfontein Celtic

DoB: July 3rd, 1990 (25)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Fullback, Wingback, Winger (Left)

Sula Matovu

Transferred From: Al Najaf FC (Iraq)

DoB: July 17th, 1992 (23)

Nationality: Ugandan

Position/s: Winger, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker (Left/ Right)

Camaldine Abraw

Transferred From: Free State Stars

DoB: August 15th, 1990 (25)

Nationality: Togolese

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Poacher

Bongani Ndulula

Transferred From: AmaZulu FC

DoB: November 29th, 1989 (25)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Target-Man

The Grand Stand View

A minor personnel exodus at Kaizer Chiefs has paved the way for a much needed squad reshuffle, the experienced defending champions were beginning to look a tad bit long in the tooth, with the nucleus of their title winning team fast approaching the climax of their peak years as footballers. The class and commendable contribution to the Mzansi diski fraternity of Tefu Mashamaite, Tsepo Masilela, Siboniso Gaxa, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Simphiwe Tshabalala & Bernard Parker will never be disputed; these players will go down as some of the greatest players of their time, yet we’ve seen great football dynasty’s stutter due to a lack of refreshment in the personnel and the AmaKhosi have done well to ensure there is some longevity afforded to their side with the ejection of younger legs onto the roster.

Kaizer Chiefs are one of the few football clubs on the continent that can name a full match day squad of international footballers in each position, plus a full complement of substitutes to boot; the depth within the squad and the quality thereof, speaks volumes of the pedigree of The Phefeni Glamour Boys, one can only imagine that they will be eager to prove that players will come and go while the club remains entrenched in history and adorned with endless accolades. While many have been quick to point out the fact that most of the new acquisitions are indeed replacements for squad member lost after the mini-exodus, the new arrivals could actually begin to look like upgrades if they acclimatise well to the culture and playing structure of the club while maintaining or even elevating the level of success the club attains during their respective stays at Naturena. Kaizer Chiefs have signed footballers that still have the bulk of their footballing careers ahead of them; this will ensure that they have signed players with proven ability and the potential to still develop further as footballers under the guidance of one of the nation’s greatest minders in Steve Komphela. With the promotion of a few academy graduates and some top class young talent already on the books, Kaizer Chiefs have the depth to make successful runs in all competitions this season, and a lack of firepower should no longer be an issue during tight games as the gaffer has a heavy arsenal at his disposal this season.

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