Tefu applauds Chiefs' new signings


Former Kaizer Chiefs star Tefu Mashamaite is very happy with club's current central defensive pair Eric Mathoho and Daniel Cardoso.

Most Amakhosi fans often feel the club has not been able to fill the void left by Mashamaite in 2015, when he joined Swedish side BK Hacken after a fruitful spell under then coach Stuart Baxter.

Just last season, Cardoso, who arrived as his replacement that year, found himself chastised on numerous occasions for lacking organisation in the club's defence.

However, the 36-year-old says it will be unfair to blame one individual for the frailties at the back, and insists that the club are sufficiently covered in that area of the park following the reported signing of Sibusiso Mabiliso and Njabulo Ngcobo.

"There's enough defenders at Chiefs. They have apparently just signed Njabulo and Mabiliso," Mashamaite tells KickOff.com.

"I think there's going to be a nice balance there, with obviously the experience of Cardoso and Mathoho just gelling in with the latest signings. There's also [Siyabonga] Ngezana who's got a lot of potential to develop into a great defender.

"So, I believe Stuart will be able to transform the ones that are coming in now, and the ones that have been there, into a big defensive force. 

"Mashamaite excelled because there was the likes of [Itu] Khune behind him, Tsepo Masilela on the left, Morgan [Gould] and Tower alongside him, Pa [Gaxa] on the right, and [Willard] Katsande in front of him. So, it's about the structure more than the individual."

Asked if he believes Chiefs were able to replace him when he left for overseas, 'Masha' says: "Everyone is replaceable in this life." 

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