GONE: Kaizer Chiefs release four first team players!

The upcoming season at Kaizer Chiefs is shaping up to be one of the best. After a trophy drought spanning a decade, the Motaung family has mobilized a period of significant transformation at Naturena.

READ: Wholesale Changes As Nasreddine Nabi Appointment At Kaizer Chiefs Looms

As the club returns for the start of pre-season, the following four players were released on June 24th, 2024:

  • Keagan Dolly
  • Njabulo Ngcobo
  • Siyethemba Sithebe
  • Sifiso Hlanti

Their contracts were expiring and the club decided not to renew them. This seems to be part of a larger plan to rebuild the team and hopefully end their trophy drought.

Reasons for Release

  • Contracts Expiring: The contracts of all four players (Dolly, Ngcobo, Sithebe, Hlanti) were coming to an end in June 2024. Kaizer Chiefs opted not to offer them extensions.
  • Restructuring and Rebuilding: The club seems to be undergoing a strategic shift. They might be looking to bring in younger players and freshen up the squad.
  • Ending Trophy Drought: Kaizer Chiefs haven’t won a trophy in nine years. Releasing some veterans and rebuilding could be a strategy to finally break that streak.


  • Loss of Experience: All four players were established figures in the first team. Their departure means a loss of experience, especially for younger players.
  • Fan Reaction: The decision has generated mixed reactions from fans. Some understand the need for change, while others are disappointed to see these players go.
  • Future of Released Players: Njabulo Ngcobo is heavily linked with a move to Sekhukhune United, with reports suggesting that Sithebe could be snatched up by a KZN club. The others are likely exploring new teams.

Looking Ahead

With a new coach, Nasreddine Nabi, coming in, this is a period of transition for Kaizer Chiefs. It’ll be interesting to see who they bring in as replacements and how the new squad performs in the upcoming season!