Chiefs legend opposed to Ekstein return


Kaizer Chiefs have been advised not to look into the direction of Hendrick Ekstein as that would be detrimental to their plans to rebuild the team.

The talented midfielder recently suffered relegation with his team Sabail after finishing at the bottom of an eight-team Azerbaijan Premier League. 

The chances of the midfielder returning to Naturena are very slim as he was not on good terms with Amakhosi management when he parted after refusing to extend his contract in 2019.

However, should he offered to Amakhosi, club legend Robson Muchichwa believes bringing Ekstein back to Naturena would be a waste.

"It's a tricky situation and it's up to the coach, but from my point of view, when he left Kaizer Chiefs he was not doing well," Muchichwa tells

"If we say he must come back because he has learned something where he was... I don't know which league was he playing in, and how's the competition in that league you know. So, it's kind of a tricky one, it's up to the coach.

"But I would say, if we are to start afresh, let's build a new Kaizer Chiefs and take it from there. By bringing back old players, we are not building the team, we are going backward. 

"So, for me, it will never work. If we are building a new Kaizer Chiefs, I think it's a no [to Ekstein] for me. He has been given an opportunity already. That's my opinion.

"If we are to build a new Kaizer Chiefs then let's go for new players who are more hungry, players who want success. Kaizer Chiefs needs to be built afresh – give somebody new a chance you know. 

"Give a young boy a chance. There are so many youngsters who are so hungry and who want to play for Kaizer Chiefs. So, for me, there's nothing special about Ekstein that I can say, 'Hey we need him, he did that and that'...there's nothing special! 

"He's just an ordinary player whereby we can look for another ordinary player, like giving a youngster an opportunity with more years to come. That's my opinion."

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