9 ex-Chiefs players aiming to star at PSL club


Pretoria Callies has become a refuge for nine players formerly of Chiefs headlined by veteran forward Collins Mbesuma. 

Callies is the ninth South African club that Mbesuma has played for locally having been with Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs amongst others in a career that once took him to English Premier League club Portsmouth.

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Also scrapping it out at the Pretoria club is Edward Manqele who spent just under two years at Naturena.

The duo of Keletso Sifama and Thabo Mokoena have been on loan from Chiefs since the beginning of the season.

The rest of the former Chiefs cast are Philani Cele, Sizwe Twala, Itumeleng Shopane, Mpho Sitayitayi and Edmore Chirambadare.

It is Chirambadare who is turning heads with his goals after signing on a one-year deal with an option of another year at the beginning of the season.

‘Spanner’ as Chirambadare is known has now scored five goals in five matches and is amongst the early pacesetters in the first division scoring charts along with fellow countryman Ishmael Wadi of JDR Stars (six goals) and Malawian striker Khuda Muyaba of Polokwane City (seven goals).

Eight games have been played in the first division to date.

The 29-year-old Zimbabwean spent two years at Chiefs scoring just once before moving on to Maccabi at the start of the 2018/19 season spending a season there before switching to Real Kings where he also lasted a year.

Towards the end of last year, he found his way to Steenberg United emerging as one of the top performers despite the club being relegated.

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