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Ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates players struggling to find new clubs

18:49 GMT+3 10/12/2022
Daniel Akpeyi, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2019
After leaving the two Soweto giants, it has been a tough task for a number of players to agree to contracts with other teams

A few big-name players find themselves out in the cold as they find it difficult to resume their careers after turning out for Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

In some cases, other Premier Soccer League clubs would prefer former Chiefs and Pirates players due to the experience gained from the pressure that comes with playing for the big teams.

But there are players who have been without clubs, struggling to land new deals elsewhere after leaving the Soweto giants.

  • Miguel Timm, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    Hoping for January breakthrough

    While these players have always been free to sign for new clubs anytime, they would now be hoping to find new homes during the January transfer window.

    Clubs will be updating their squads starting January 1 for the month-long transfer period.

    As PSL coaches search for new players to bolster their squads, the free agents are praying their names appear on some clubs’ wish lists.

    GOAL picks a list of five top players without clubs after enjoying the attention and fame that comes with playing for the Soweto giants.

  • Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    Happy Jele

    The former Pirates captain will be turning 36 on January 1, 2023, the very same day when the PSL mid-season transfer window opens.

    He left the Buccaneers in July after 16 years of serving the club and he was offered a non-playing role which he turned down.

    Jele indicated he intended to continue playing and was at one time linked with Royal AM but nothing materialised.

  • Siphiwe Tshabalala of South Africa

    Siphiwe Tshabalala

    Despite being 38 and having been clubless for the past two seasons, Tshabalala insists he is not yet ready to retire.

    He recently revealed he turned down an offer to play overseas but lamented that the reason he has been unattached for long is that he is a victim of PSL clubs who shun players who are aged 30 and above.

  • Wayde Jooste, Orlando Pirates, August 2021

    Wayde Jooste

    After leaving the Buccaneers, Jooste was linked with a move to Swallows FC but nothing came of the rumours.

    He also trained with SuperSport United but could not convince coach Gavin Hunt of a deal and that was the time he was called up for the Bafana Bafana squad that failed to qualify for the 2022 African Nations Championship.

    Jooste is now being linked with a move to Maritzburg United.

  • Daniel Akpeyi, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2019

    Daniel Akpeyi

    Akpeyi was a surprise exit from Chiefs in June and has been without a club since then.

    Swallows FC were rumoured to be after his signature but he remains unattached.

    The Nigeria international was also reportedly close to joining Sekhukhune United who are said to have instead opted for Ivorian Badra Ali Sangare.

  • Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs, August 2021

    Samir Nurkovic

    The Serb left Chiefs to join Royal AM in July but a prolonged period on the sidelines due to injury saw him failing to play a single competitive game.

    Royal AM then terminated his contract in an acrimonious divorce that saw the striker report the KwaZulu-Natal outfit to Fifa alleging non-payment of his salary by the club.