Jury still out on Chiefs' Sifama decision


An ex-Kaizer Chiefs midfielder who never returned from being loaned out has shared his thoughts on whether Keletso Sifama will be luckier than he was.

Amakhosi have sent promising 17-year-old attacker Sifama on a loan deal to Maritzburg United for the remainder of the current campaign.

Sifama was promoted from the Chiefs development side by current Maritzburg head coach Ernst Middendorp last year and has made three appearances under Gavin Hunt this season.

We asked former Amakhosi midfielder Sandile Zuke, who went through something similar at the club, if the club should have kept Sifami so that he could get used to how things are done in the senior team as they prepare for next season.

"I'm sure they are quite aware of the situation they are in, so they discussed and saw this as the best solution," Zuke tells KickOff.com.

"Chiefs is a huge club broer wami, it comes with its own pressures. Coming from the development you must learn over time to carry that pressure you see. And sometimes it's not easy, you need time to get used to it. There's a lot of dynamics mfethu.

"It's good that he will find an opportunity to go and play, as long as he is going to get game time to improve wherever he needs to improve and come back a much better player."

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Zuke, who joined the Chiefs senior team in 2007 at the age of 20 but ended up being loaned to Mpumalanga Black Aces after two seasons and never got to go back to Naturena, admits it is not every day that the club recalls their players from loan.

"I was also loaned to Mpumalanga Black Aces and it helped. I couldn't go back to the club though, I carried on with my career," he recalls.

"Me my brother, I believe that each and every individual is destined, if it means he never comes back it will be because of what God has planned for him. He is going to be successful wherever he will be going.

"Obviously it won't be nice when it happens but eventually [as a player] you understand the bigger picture. In my case I wasn't getting game time because remember we had the likes of Tinashe [Nengomasha] and [Reneilwe] Letsholonyane during that time and I was a youngster coming up. So I was loaned out you see.

"Eventually it didn't feel nice when I was informed of the club's decision but I understood the bigger picture because I arrived at Aces and got game time and became a better player. It's hard my brother to get another chance to play for Chiefs again after being loaned because you have to make sure you work hard.

"If you work hard and do your job where you are, there's a chance of them bringing you back though. And especially because he is still very young, he stands a good chance of going back to Chiefs. But I think a loan is better than to be sitting there and end up being rusty.

"I'd rather go somewhere else and contribute, rather than staying and not knowing when is your next chance going to come."

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