Vusi Lamola: Kaizer Chiefs may regret releasing Tsepo Masilela

Goal spoke to the legendary South African midfielder about Amakhosi’s decision to release five players

Kaizer Chiefs legend Vusi ‘Computer’ Lamola was left disappointed by the club’s decision to release Tsepo Masilela.

On Thursday, Amakhosi announced that they have released the 33-year-old defender along with left-back Sibusiso Khumalo, midfielders William Twala, Edmore Chirambadare and Keagan Buchanan.

Masilela whose current deal with Chiefs is due to expire at the end of this month, will leave the Soweto giants as a free agent with the club having decided against extending his contract.

“Frankly speaking, I do not think it is a wise decision by the management of club,” Lamola told Goal

“I am of the view that a player like Masilela still had something to contribute to the team. His experience was still valuable to the club,” he continued. 

Masilela, who joined Amakhosi from Israeli Premier League side Maccabi Haifa in August 2012 on a free transfer, spent six seasons with the Soweto giants. 

The experienced left-back came back home following a five-year stint abroad, helping Haifa win the league title, and he played in the Uefa Champions League, and Spanish La Liga with Getafe

He was one of Amakhosi’s key players as they clinched two Premier Soccer League (PSL) titles between 2013 and 2015 under British tactician Stuart Baxter's guidance.

“Sometimes you cannot afford to release your long-serving players who have been there with you during the good and bad times,” Lamola added.

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Lamola, who was an influential figure for Chiefs in the 1970s, feels that Masilela could have helped transform Amakhosi into serious title challenges with the club having failed to win a major trophy in their last three seasons.  

“Such players understand the culture of the club and they help lay the foundation for success as you look to build a team that can challenge for trophies and win them again,” he explained. 

“I am only concerned by the decision to release Masilela. Having said that, the decision to offload him can either prove to be good one or it might backfire,” he said. 

“Only time will tell. I really hope that it does not come back to haunt the team,” he concluded.