Chiefs welcome several new stars to Naturena

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  • Post published:June 21, 2022

Kaizer Chiefs have officially announced the arrival of a number of new players, including the likes of Siyethemba Sithebe, Dillan Solomons and Kamohelo Mahlatsi.

The Glamour Boys sent shock waves through South Afican football two weeks ago when they announced the departure of several first-team stars. Nine players left Naturena including Bernard Parker, Daniel Cardos, Smair Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro, Daniel Akpeyi, Lebogang Manyama and others as Chiefs looked to make way for fresh blood.

Now, after weeks of rumours linking the club to several stars, the Soweto giants have finally confirmed the arrival of five new players.

The club welcomed their new players on Monday evening in a statement, which read:

“With preparations for the 2022/23 season already in full swing, Kaizer Chiefs have added five more players to the squad, with the arrival of Dillan Solomons, Kamohelo Mahlatsi and Lehlogonolo George Matlou from Swallows FC, Siyethemba Sithebe from AmaZulu FC, and the official promotion of Mduduzi Shabalala from the Chiefs Reserve side set to bolster the Glamour Boys’ quest for glory.

“Having secured the services of Ashley Du Preez and Zitha Kwinika for the next three years earlier this month, Chiefs management and the technical team have been hard at work to try and acquire the right players to fit into the system that will hopefully bring DStv Premiership success in the coming season.

“Right-sided defender cum wingback, Solomons, is 26 years old and hails from Steenberg in Cape Town. He played 29 matches for Swallows in the last season and was involved in all the four play-off matches for the Dube Birds. He has penned a four-year deal at Naturena.

“Joining him is 23-year-old Mahlatsi, a talented attacking midfielder from Sebokeng in the Vaal Triangle, who has signed with Amakhosi until 2025.

“Matlou, also 23, makes up the trio of players leaving Swallows for Chiefs. The midfielder has signed a two-year contract with an option for a year’s extension.

“After making headlines earlier this year as an exciting playmaker, Chiefs have managed to attract Newcastle-born Siyethemba Sithebe from AmaZulu on a two-year deal running from 1 July until 30 June 2024.

“One of the really talented prospects from the Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy, Mduduzi Shabalala has impressed sufficiently to be rewarded with a senior team contract for three years after spending the last few seasons in the Reverse team. The diminutive and quick player also plays as an attacking midfielder. Towards the end of last season, he was invited to a trial at Belgian club, KVC Westerlo, where he impressed. He also spent time in Spain with Villareal, who had taken notice of his stellar performances in the Cosafa U20 Championship.

“The team is expected back this week for tests ahead of their preseason training.”