Kaizer Chiefs took one of the difficult steps before the start of the new season where they released almost the whole team and signed new players. Now they are starting to show the reasons why they did that. The team is winning matches and are now in the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout Cup.
Kaizer Chiefs announced this week that they have released a number of players from their team as a result of rebuilding the team and opening up spots for new talented players who will come and be expected to help the team win trophies including the PSL league title. The released players will have to find new teams for themselves before the start of the new season in August.
Although Chiefs announced that they have released players, the problem comes in where some of those players mentioned are still contracted to the team. There are those who are seeing their last days of their contracts as the expiry date is in 14 days’ time. Those who are still left with a year and more with the team are going to first consult with their representatives to find out if they were given the full amounts left in their contracts or not.
If Chiefs management are expecting those players with contracts to just leave without any compensation, they are doing themselves another blow in leadership as their case with Sboniso Gaxa is still on where they released him while he still had 2 seasons left in his contract and they did not even offer him a cent for terminating his contract. There seems to be something wrong with the management of Kaizer Chiefs when it comes to decision making.
Kaizer Chiefs may have confirmed the release of four players this week, but it appears that things might not be as straightforward as they have made out. The club said that Siyanda Xulu, Lucky Baloyi, Camaldine Abraw and Lewis Macha’s contracts will be terminated by mutual consent after meetings between club management and the players’ respective representatives took place recently.
That statement suggests that all four players have been handed their clearances by the Amakhosi and that all four have agreed upon terminating their contracts at the club, some of which were only due to expire in 2019. We have been led to believe that, while meetings between the players, their representatives and the club did take place, not all of the players have finalised their exits at this stage, even if potential exits have been agreed in principle.
Sources have explained that the exits are based on the proviso that the players manage to find new clubs in the coming weeks, as they are reticent to cut off their income without having a new contract in place. Without a signed termination, no player is obliged to leave the club despite their intentions and given the long-term contracts that some of the players have, they will only go if a settlement is reached.
The crew will continue to monitor the situation of Xulu, Baloyi, Abraw and Macha, with the quartet all now on the lookout for new clubs given Chiefs’ decision to make them as surplus to requirements. It seems as if the problems with players’ contracts will never end at Chiefs as the same mistakes are repeating each and every season. The current players who are still part of the team are affected by these kind of things as they cannot feel comfortable while they are expected to play football and win trophies for the team with their future not certain.
Amakhosi are cruising and it is about time they start winning trophies under Steve Komphela as he is yet to win a trophy for Chiefs.