AMAKHOSI FACE A MASS EX­O­DUS

The Rea Vaya bus is ready to load the play­ers who Chiefs feel are sur­plus to re­quire­ments

CityPress - - Front Page - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

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].”

PHOTO: LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IMAGES

AM­BI­TIOUS Reyaad Pi­eterse wants to be­come the coun­try’s num­ber one goal­keeper

PHOTO: LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IMAGES

VET­ERAN Reneilwe Let­sholonyane has yet to agree to a con­tract ex­ten­sion with Chiefs

PHOTO: LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IMAGES

BUSY Kaizer Chiefs team man­ager Bobby Mo­taung says they are re­in­forc­ing their side

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