Kaizer Chiefs’ transfer business during this window has been heavily influenced by finances with the club cutting down vastly the weight of packages offered at the club.
Chiefs have offloaded Daniel Akpeyi, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Daniel Cardoso, Dumisani Zuma, Kearyn Baccus, Lazarous Kambole, Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro, Bernard Parker and Lebogang Manyama while Kenyan midfielder Teddy Akumu – who is wanted by Tanzanian giants Young Africans – have been transfer listed.
Nurkovic, Castro, Parker and Manyama were all heavy earners not just at Chiefs but in the league with packages stretching over R4 million per annum.
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Manyama and Castro had no goals in a combined 24 appearances, Nurkovic scored once in 15 games while Parker was the most productive with five goals in 26 appearances, which rates as one of his better seasons through the 11 years he spent at the club.
With the incomings, Chiefs have brought in Ashley du Preez, Siyethemba Sithebe, Yusuf Maart, Zitha Kwinika, Dillan Solomons, Kamohelo Mahlatsi and Lehlogonolo George Matlou while Mduduzi Shabalala has been promoted from the development.
Based on packages/contracts offered to players the order of business shows that Chiefs have cut down on what they pay.
None of the new signings will earn in the ranks of what Manyama, Parker, Castro, Cardoso, Akpeyi, Mphahlele and Nurkovic were earning.
Instead of bringing free agents and handing them heavy packages, Chiefs have paid transfer fees, notably for Du Preez Maart, Solomons and Matlou but have offered contracts of a lighter weight.
Of the new faces, Maart and Sithebe are the better earners with six-figure salaries but they are on contracts in the region of what Zuma and Baccus were sitting on at the club despite making minimal contributions last term.
Zuma played just three games while Baccus played 12.
Of those that have been released Kambole, Ntiya-Ntiya and the transfer-listed Akumu were the lowest paid.
Of the new arrivals, Shabalala has the lowest package having graduated from the club’s development.