Kaizer Chiefs have announced that they have parted ways with three of their midfielders in Edmore Chirambadare, Keagan Buchanan and William Twala as well as defenders Sibusiso Khumalo and Tsepo Masilela.
The five players saw little game time under coach Steve Komphela last season, with Twala susbsequently loaned out to Maritzburg United for the second half of the campaign.
Chirambadare, Khumalo, Buchanan and Masilela all remained with the club, with the latter featuring soon after his recovery from a long-term injury in the latter stages of the season.
Amakhosi were expected to get rid of some of the players who contributed little to the team over the past few years, and while they said there will not make too many changes to the squad, the departure of the five players doesn't come as a major surprise.
Masilela, who had been with the club since 2012 following his return from Europe, came to the end of his contract with Chiefs, and the club decided against renewing it.
He leaves as one of the most decorated players in the current Chiefs squad over the past six years having won two league titles, the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8 trophies in his first three seasons with the Glamour Boys.
“As stated previously, we are releasing a number of players. Of course, there is Brilliant Khuzwayo, who signed with Orlando Pirates after his Chiefs contract expired at the end of last season. Tsepo Masilela’s contract will not be renewed,” Football manager Bobby Motaung confirmed the news to the club website.
Chirambadare and Buchanan however, failed to live up to expectations as they struggled to cement their places in the team since their arrival from Chicken Inn and Bloemfontein Celtic respectively in 2016.
Khumalo on the other hand, had a promising start to life at Amakhosi, but his disastrous performance against Acornbush United in the Nedbank Cup last year, saw him fall out of favour with the then coach Komphela.
“We are terminating the contracts of Twala, Buchanan, Chirambadare and Khumalo,” said Motaung.
“These players are immensely talented, but couldn’t find their form with us. We do not want to keep a good player inactive and that’s why we will allow them to express their talents elsewhere,” he added.
Meanwhile, the club confirmed that Emmanuel Letlotlo will spend the upcoming season out on loan, but Motaung was quick to make it clear that the possible deal is yet to be finalized with an unnamed club.
“Discussions are underway to send Emmanuel Letlotlo on loan. We will reveal the details as soon as the deal is finalised,” Motaung confirmed.