Soweto Giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs have sent a strong signal of intent with the announcement of a string of new blockbuster signings.
Kaizer Chiefs stunned South Africans with the release of 10 players at the start of June. This has since been followed by the departures of defenders Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Siphosake Ntiya-Ntiya. The Naturena-based club is looking to replenish a squad that's failed to win a single piece of silverware in seven years.
This has led to the recruitment of six new players for the 2022/23 season. Sithebe was signed on a pre-contract agreement as the player was out of contract with AmaZulu. Ashely Du Preez and has also been roped in from Stellenbosch FC.
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He’s been joined by Swallows trio Dillan Solomons. George Matlou and Kamohelo Mahlatsi. The pending transfer of Yusuf Maart from Sekhukhune FC is all but complete with the club reportedly now settling personal terms with the player.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Mduduzi Shabalala has been promoted to the senior team on a 3-year contract. The teenager was nominated for Dstv Diski Challenge Player of the Season award and won both the Kaizer Chief’s Player of the season and Leading Goal Scorer awards.
Across town, neighbours Orlando Pirates have also got their revamp underway. The Buccaneers recently announced the arrival of four new stars.
Evidence Makgopa returns from his season-long loan at Baroka and he’s followed by Beinvenu Eva Nga from Chippa United, Miguel Timm from Marumo Gallants and Azola Matrose from Chippa United.
Pirates have already parted ways with midfielder Thabang Monare and are reportedly set to release Linda Mntambo, Zakhele Lepasa, Ben Motshwari and Abel Mabaso among others.