Chiefs raid Swallows in ban-ending bumper signings

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The bulk of the new recruits is made up of former Swallows players Njabulo Ngcobo, Sifiso Hlanti, Kgaogelo Sekgota and Given Thibedi. Photo: Steve Haag / BackpagePix
The bulk of the new recruits is made up of former Swallows players Njabulo Ngcobo, Sifiso Hlanti, Kgaogelo Sekgota and Given Thibedi. Photo: Steve Haag / BackpagePix

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Kaizer Chiefs finally reintroduced themselves to the player market and marked the end of their Fifa player transfer ban with the announcement of seven new players on Friday.

The club was barred by Fifa from singing players at the end of the 2019/20 season as punishment for failure to pay a transfer fee to Malagasy club Fosa Juniors for the services of midfielder Andriamirado Andrianarimanana in 2018.

In a statement released by the club, the bulk of the new recruits is made up of former Swallows players Njabulo Ngcobo, Sifiso Hlanti, Kgaogelo Sekgota and Given Thibedi.

The rest are Sibusiso Mabiliso from AmaZulu, Phathutshedzo Nange from Stellenbosch and goalkeeper Brandon Peterson, who has been unattached since he left now-defunct Bidvest Wits.

Hlanti, Nange and Peterson, however, are not entirely new as they are familiar with the surroundings at Naturena.

The trio was at some point training with Amakhosi under former coach Gavin Hunt last season, but Hlanti and Nange were soon released and joined Swallows and Stellenbosch, respectively, on short-term contracts.

Peterson, who hails from Cape Town, has been keeping fit with Amakhosi since last season.

Thibedi returns to Chiefs after two seasons on loan at Swallows. The 23-year-old midfielder came through the Amakhosi reserve side and was among the team’s graduates alongside Itumeleng Shopane, who helped Swallows to automatic promotion in the 2019/20 season.

Chiefs said Peterson, Hlanti, Nange and Thibedi had started training with the team, while the rest of the newcomers will report for duty as soon as they finish their national team duties.

Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said: “We would like to welcome all the new players to Kaizer Chiefs. We certainly hope our supporters will be happy with our new recruits because some called for us to sign them. We trust that they will have a good time and help bring happiness to millions of our fans by helping the team perform well and win trophies. We have been following the players closely and saw them do well in the last season. We hope they bring that good form and discipline with when they come to us. All the new recruits will add further quality and experience to the squad we’ve assembled.”

The mass signings arrive at the back of the club having recently reinforced its technical department.

Chiefs reunited with head coach Stuart Baxter last month, shortly after the club had unveiled Molefi Ntseki as its head of technical.

Last week, former Chiefs player Kaizer Motaung Jr was appointed as sporting director.

Chiefs said they would make further announcements on players once negotiations have been finalised after their CAF Champions League final against Al Ahly in Morocco next Saturday.

THE RECRUITS

Given Thibedi

Age: 23

Position: Midfielder

Jersey number: 33

Duration of contract: Until June

2023

Brandon Peterson

Age: 26

Position: Goalkeeper

Jersey number: 16

Duration of contract: Three years

Phathutshedzo Nange

Phathutshedzo Nange
Phathutshedzo Nange. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky / BackpagePix

Age: 29

Position: Midfield

Jersey number: 24

Duration of contract: Two years

Sifiso Hlanti

Sifiso Hlanti Picture: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix

Age: 31

Position: Defender

Jersey number: 23

Duration of contract: Until June 2023

Sibusiso Mabiliso

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 09: Sibusiso Ma
Sibusiso Mabiliso. Photo: Shaun Roy/BackPagePix/Gallo Images

Age: 22

Position: Defender

Jersey number: 26

Duration of contract: Not disclosed

Njabulo Ngcobo

Njabulo Ngcobo
The bulk of the new recruits is made up of former Swallows players Njabulo Ngcobo, Sifiso Hlanti, Kgaogelo Sekgota and Given Thibedi. Photo: Steve Haag / BackpagePix

Age: 27

Position: Defender

Jersey number: 27

Duration of contract: Until June 2024

Kgaogelo Sekgota

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 09: Sibusiso Ma
Kgaogelo Sekgota. Photo by Shaun Roy/BackPagePix/Gallo Images

Age: 24

Postiion: Midfielder

Jersey number: 14

Duraion of contract: Three years


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