Ndlanya: Kaizer Chiefs didn't do their homework on some players

Ndlanya is the latest of many former Amakhosi players to question the quality in the current squad

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Pollen Ndlanya says it’s high time that the Soweto giants invest in the future of the club by signing quality players.

“I guess for Chiefs it’s high time now to get players of quality, to spend a lot of money to invest in players and the future of the team,” Ndlanya told The Sowetan.

Amakhosi on Tuesday confirmed the release of seven players, while at the same time appointing a new assistant coach in Patrick Mabedi.

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It's their second major clear-out after transfer-listing 20 players at the end of the 2015/16 season.

“Chiefs are a big team. In terms of supporters you compare them to Barcelona and Real Madrid. So, you need to have quality players,” Ndlanya said.

“Look at Mamelodi Sundowns. They’ve invested in their squad. Keagan Dolly from Ajax (Cape Town) with a lot of money. And what’s the result? They are African champions. It doesn’t make sense if you buy a cheaper player. If you buy from the street, in two months' time that player will give you problems again,” added the former striker.

“For me, if you buy a player and then say you’re releasing him, it’s one step forward and two steps back. It’s a problem when you buy players and release them within a year. It means you didn’t do your homework,” Ndlanya continued.

“I don’t mind spending a lot on two players, if you know they will deliver. For example, if they buy Khama Billiat. Billiat is a quality player. Everyone looks at that kind of a player. Can you imagine that kind of player going to Kaizer Chiefs? The squad, the supporters, the football becomes interesting,” he concluded.