AMAKHOSI FACE A MASS EXODUS
The Rea Vaya bus is ready to load the players who Chiefs feel are surplus to requirements
Reyaad Pieterse’s departure from Kaizer Chiefs could start an exodus of players from Naturena. This week the goalkeeper failed to reach an agreement with Amakhosi for a new contract. As a result, the parties decided to part ways amicably at the end of the season.
Chiefs’ general manager of football, Bobby Motaung, told City Press there would be major changes in the team’s structure as they looked to the future. Motaung said it was likely most of their players would leave the club.
“The Reya Vaya bus is waiting and ready to move. We have long been planning for the new season and we will make the announcement as soon as we are reservicing and restructuring the side. We are a team on the move, and there are definitely going to be changes,” said Motaung.
He confirmed Pieterse’s departure, saying they could not guarantee that he would get more regular game time.
The 24-year-old’s future with Chiefs has been up in the air for some time after he put contract negotiations on hold.
Motaung said: “He made it clear that his wish is to become the country’s number one, but he realised it was going to be impossible with us, as we have two other brilliant goalkeepers.”
Chiefs have Bafana Bafana number one Itumeleng Khune and Brilliant Khuzwayo on their books.
“Our policy is clear: we won’t stand in any player’s way if he wants out. He is well within his rights to seek a move elsewhere where he feels he can command a regular place instead of fighting for his position here. We conceded, too, because we could not guarantee him that. I must emphasise this has nothing to do with money.”
After Khune’s ankle injury, Pieterse emerged as Chiefs’ reliable and formidable replacement, with 18 appearances so far this season. But Khune has reclaimed the number one position since coming back from the injury.
Motaung added that the ball was now in Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s court, since the club had tabled its offer.
The midfielder has also stalled renewing his contract, but Motaung said they would not put a gun to his head to sign when he was not ready.
“We are still waiting for him and his representative to come back to us. We have given him a chance to recover from the injury and we don’t want to put him under pressure. If they believe the offer is good, they will sign or come back to us to renegotiate. “That’s how it goes.” Last season, Chiefs lost captain Tefu Mashamaite and Mandla Masango after failing to meet their demands. Motaung confirmed that Emmanuel “Adebayor” Letlotlo was staying put at Naturena. The young striker, who made his name in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, was linked to a move away from Amakhosi.
“He is our player and is going nowhere. We know that he has been approached by certain clubs, but he is our property and he is here to stay.
“We will make the announcement soon with regards to players from the development [side].”
AMBITIOUS Reyaad Pieterse wants to become the country’s number one goalkeeper
VETERAN Reneilwe Letsholonyane has yet to agree to a contract extension with Chiefs
BUSY Kaizer Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung says they are reinforcing their side