'Thibedi will feel small again at Chiefs'


Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Ntokozo Sikhakhane has warned Given Thibedi that earning game time while away on loan doesn’t guarantee that he will play upon his return to Amakhosi next season.

Sikhakhane was once in the same situation as Thibedi – currently on loan at Swallows – but never found joy upon his return to Naturena from his loan spell at Dynamos, where he excelled during the 2004/05 season.

"There is no guarantee that it will work out for him when he goes back to Chiefs," Sikhakhane tells KickOff.com.

The 23-year-old has made 13 appearances while on loan at Swallows, raising hopes that he would be a perfect fit at Chiefs upon his return next term.

"It is a tricky situation because he is playing at Swallows and Swallows will feel right to keep him. He needs to be honest with himself and consider his chances of playing if he goes back to Chiefs. There is no guarantee that he will play if he goes back to Chiefs because they need players to perform right away.

See ex-Chiefs players who went on loan but never returned in the gallery above

"He can’t even ask Chiefs if there is any guarantee that he will play if he goes back. I hope that Swallows have an option of buying him out because you can see that the boy is happy to be playing football. If he goes back to Chiefs, he will find players that are above him by way of experience and the brands that they have built as players. He is going to feel small again at Chiefs.

"People have now become aware of him because of his loan at Swallows just like I made my name at Dynamos. I don’t think he wants to move backwards and end up not playing.

"I went back to Chiefs after my loan at Dynamos and it didn’t work out and I then went to [Bloemfontein] Celtic again on loan. After that I had offers to move to Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns but I decided to continue at Celtic because I needed the game time and was fine with what I was earning. At Chiefs it just didn’t work out for me because I was forever injured until Ernst Middendorp gave up on his plan to use me."

The list of those that went on loan and either found no joy upon their return to Naturena or went for good includes Sihle Mbambo, Philani Cele, Sandile Zuke, Lucky Baloyi, Nicholas Mynhardt, Sakhile Hlongwa, Siyabulela Songwiqi, Bongani Sondhlane, Papi Mngomezulu, Calvin Sosibo, Junior Khanye, Ntokozo Sikhakhane, Kelvin Mushangazhike, Martin Carelse, Thabiso Malatsi, Lucky Maselesele, Tshepo Mashishi and Simphiwe Mbambo.

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