Chiefs to Sundowns

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Muisi Ajao (De­fender)

When Chiefs needed to stop strik­ers like Raphael Chukwu, Muisi Ajao was the go-to man. The burly Nige­rian de­fender played for the Glam­our Boys dur­ing the 1997/98 sea­son un­der Paul Dolezar, win­ning the Roth­mans Cup, be­fore join­ing Sundowns the fol­low­ing sea­son.

Brian Baloyi (Goal­keeper)

Brian Baloyi made his Chiefs de­but in 1993 and played for the club un­til 2004 when he was snapped up by Pa­trice Mot­sepe. At the age of 30, Baloyi was still on top of his game and helped the Brazil­ians win back-to-back League ti­tles, the SAA Supa 8 and the 2008 Ned­bank Cup.

Punch Mase­namela (De­fender)

Punch Mase­namela was a reg­u­lar left-back at Chiefs un­der coach Vladimir Ver­me­zomic and caught many fans by sur­prise when he switched from Na­turena to Chloorkop in 2011. At Sundowns, Mase­namela helped the club win the 2013/14 League ti­tle be­fore he lost his place to Te­bogo Langer­man, and moved to Polok­wane City.

Der­rick Spencer (De­fender)

Der­rick Spencer was a Ted Du­mitru type of a de­fender, some­one who could read the game and ini­ti­ate at­tacks from the back. He swapped the gold and black for yel­low and green in July 2008.

Jab­u­lani Mendu (Mid­fielder)

“S-Curl” was a highly-rated mid­fielder at Moroka Swal­lows be­fore join­ing Chiefs dur­ing the 2003/04 sea­son. But due to his bad re­la­tion­ship with Du­mitru, he spent most of his time at Chiefs sit­ting on the bench be­fore mov­ing to Sundowns.

Thela Ngob­eni (Goal­keeper)

Thela Ngob­eni spent his en­tire Chiefs ca­reer as an un­der­study to Itume­leng Khune. In 2010, he joined Sundowns with the hope get­ting more game time, but strug­gled to do so un­til he was loaned to Free State Stars.

Thuso Phala (For­ward)

The speedy winger made his name at Plat­inum Stars be­fore he caught the at­ten­tion of Amakhosi dur­ing the 2007/08 sea­son. At Chiefs, he failed to ce­ment his place in the team and was used in a swap deal with Sundowns which saw Josta Dladla move in the other di­rec­tion.

Marco Mthembu (De­fender)

The left-back joined Chiefs dur­ing the 1999/00 sea­son from the United States where he was study­ing. He helped Amakhosi win many tro­phies in­clud­ing the CAF Cup Win­ners Cup (Man­dela Cup). After his con­tract ex­pired at the end of 2001/02 sea­son, he then joined ri­vals Sundowns.

David Kan­nemeyer (De­fender)

David Kan­nemeyer won the League with Cape Town Spurs as a young­ster and ended his last sea­son with Chiefs by win­ning the League in 2004. He then joined Sundowns and helped the Brazil­ians win the League in his sec­ond sea­son in Pre­to­ria, be­fore go­ing on to win an­other League ti­tle with Su­per­Sport United.

Marc Batch­e­lor (For­ward)

Marc Batch­e­lor played for Kaizer Chiefs un­der coach Paul Dolezar where he won the 1998 Roth­mans Cup. And when Dolezar joined Sundowns he brought his ‘Big An­i­mal’ with him. Batch’s stay at Sundowns lasted for two sea­sons and ended when he joined Moroka Swal­lows in 2001 at the age of 30.

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