Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that former goalkeeper and club legend Brian Baloyi has been released from his contract and will leave the club at the end of the month.
The 44-year-old returned to the Amakhosi two seasons ago to fill a role as assistant to the late goalkeeper coach Alex Revoredo.
After Revoredo’s death, Baloyi remained a part of the club’s goalkeeping structures, helping out with both the first team and youth teams. His role, however, was brought into question when Chiefs appointed Lee Baxter as head of goalkeeping in February.
Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung put an end to the questions when he announced on Tuesday that Baloyi’s contract will expire at the end of the month and it will not be renewed.
‘I wish to thank Brian for his contribution during his return to the club, which is his home‚’ said Motaung.
‘When we brought Brian back in the fold, we had intentions to have a longer engagement‚ but he recently indicated a willingness to pursue other ventures.
‘We gave him our blessings and we will continue to collaborate with him going forward.’
The departure will bring to an end to a 16-year relationship between Amakhosi and Baloyi.
The former Bafana goalkeeper also revealed that he will venture into business.
‘I will be pursuing other business ventures. I will also be embarking on goalkeeping development programmes.
‘I grew up at Chiefs and I will forever be grateful to the club for the opportunity to get to where I am today.’
Motaung revealed that the club would be open to the possibility of Baloyi’s return in the future.
‘I wish to bid Brian farewell and success in his new endeavours.
‘We look forward to continue working with Brian and on collaborative efforts to improve the goalkeeping area in our country‚’ concluded Motaung.