Chiefs were authorized to bring in fresh talent at the start of the season after their FIFA two-window transfer restriction was lifted, and they made full advantage of the opportunity, bringing in nine new players. As the season draws to a close, we take a look at how the club’s new additions have fared.
The Glamour Boys have had their first transfer window in two seasons, bringing in nine new players to bolster a team that finished seventh last season.
Chiefs brought in Keagan Dolly, Cole Alexander, Phathushedzo Nange, Sibusiso Mabiliso, Njabulo Ngcobo, Sifiso Hlanti, Kgaogelo Sekgota, Thabani Dube, and Brandon Petersen at the start of the season. Five of the nine new faces brought in by Amakhosi have established themselves at Naturena, while four have struggled at the Soweto giants.
Dolly has been the standout performer for the Chiefs this season, with eight goals and four assists in 26 league games. Petersen has usurped both Itumeleng Khune and Daniel Akpeyi to play 11 games in all competitions, claiming the number one jersey as his own.
Sekgota and Dube have had a mixed season, in and out of the team under Stuart Baxter and Arthur Zwane, but Mabiliso’s signing, despite generating headlines at the time, has to be considered a letdown.
While Alexander, Nange, and Hlanti were all brought in to provide the Chiefs’ starting XI some much-needed experience, Hlanti has been out of action since November due to an Achilles tendon injury.
Fans will be hopeful that the club’s next transfer window is more successful in bringing in players who will assist to breaking the club’s long trophy drought, which dates back to 2015.