Chiefs announce Naturena clearout


Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the closure of all football operations outside of the senior team in the wake of SAFA's latest ruling.

The club has announced that all academy, youth and reserve team players have been sent home in response to the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa.

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A statement reads: 'In the wake of the global outbreak of the Corona virus (COVID-19), the Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy has been temporarily closed," reads the statemen

'The Club’s U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19 teams’ fixtures in the SAFA Gauteng Development League have been suspended, as a result of the South African Football Association calling for all Football to be suspended.

'Players who are part of the Club’s full-time residency programme, housed at the Kaizer Chiefs village in Naturena South of Johannesburg have been released and allowed to return home.

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'The Chiefs Reserve team players have also been asked to stay home as the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC league) has been discontinued for the rest of the season.

'The Chiefs U-17 team will no longer be participating in the Bay Hill Premier Cup which was meant to be taking place in Cape Town from the 8th – 13th April. Event organisers have cancelled the annual tournament.

'Chiefs will provide further updates as to when the players in the academy will return to training and when their fixtures will resume.'

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