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Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates rejects struggling to find clubs

11:06 pm AEST 24/9/22
Daniel Akpeyi
The two Soweto giants ruthlessly cleared out their squads ahead of the 2022/23 season as they seek to reclaim dominance of the PSL

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates embarked on massive squad clean-ups in preparing for the current season.

Amakhosi offloaded a staggering 12 players while the Buccaneers also parted ways with a sizeable number of players.

The new season has started and the transfer window has closed but some of those players are still struggling to find new clubs.

GOAL takes a look at some of the players formerly with the Soweto giants who are free agents and can still join clubs of their choice at any time.

  • Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    No takers for the big boys

    Usually, players coming from the traditional giants are coveted for the experience they've gained at the highest level of domestic football.

    The pressure players face when playing for one of the Soweto giants is immense and, despite several seasons of underachievement by these clubs, they still will have found themselves playing in high-profile matches both domestically and on the continent.

    But a few of those who left Chiefs and Pirates over the last couple of months are yet to find new homes with the season already nine-games-old.

    As free agents, they are able to sign for clubs despite the transfer window having closed.

  • Leonardo Castro, Kaizer Chiefs, December 2021

    Leonardo Castro

    The chances of the Colombian coming back to the Premier Soccer League are admittedly slim.

    In an interview shortly after his contract was not renewed by Kaizer Chiefs, he hinted he had offers to remain in South Africa but would prefer to ply his trade in South America so he could be closer to his hometown of Bogota.

    As it stands, the 33-year-old striker is yet to find a club in South America so may find himself tempted to return to these shores.

  • Daniel Akpeyi, Kaizer Chiefs, June 2021

    Daniel Akpeyi

    The Nigeria international goalkeeper was a surprise exit from Chiefs.

    In recent weeks, he was rumoured to be closer to joining Sekhukhune United after training with them, but nothing materialised.

    More recently, Swallows FC were reportedly on the verge of signing him until the sacking of coach Dylan Kerr.

    The dependable keeper can likely expect a call from a PSL chairman if a club starts to experience issues between the posts.

  • Anthony Akumu, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2021

    Anthony Akumu

    Another Chiefs reject struggling to win a contract with a new team.

    Akumu was linked with a return to his former club Zesco United but nothing came of the rumours.

    The name of Tanzanian giants Simba SC also came up but no move materialised.

    The defensive midfielder was said to be on his way back to his home country Kenya, where his search for a club will be hampered by administrative chaos in the KPL and an ongoing Fifa ban for Kenyan football.

  • Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates, May 2022

    Happy Jele

    The former Pirates captain was reportedly in talks with Royal AM and it is said the two parties could not agree on salary.

    This was after he had been offered a non-playing role at Pirates as recognition for having served the club for 16 years.

    Perhaps the 35-year-old should consider the position he was offered by the club as he remains unattached.

  • Wayde Jooste of Orlando Pirates.

    Wayde Jooste

    Jooste spent a number of weeks training with SuperSport United but, surprisingly, no deal was entered into.

    During that period, the right-back was even called-up to the Bafana Bafana squad for the African Nations Championship.

    It remains to be seen wat will be the next move for the 30-year-old who has previously played for Bloemfontein Celtic, Golden Arrows and Highlands Park.