Coachless Chiefs attract ire of fans on social media after releasing five players

14 June 2018 - 13:01 By Tiisetso Malepa
Tsepo Masilela is one of five players who were released by Kaizer Chiefs.
Tsepo Masilela is one of five players who were released by Kaizer Chiefs.
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Kaizer Chiefs have released five players ahead of the new season‚ including jersey No.10 Keegan Buchanan.

The announcements on Thursday caused a stir among their legion of fans on social media after the club announced the departure of Tsepo Masilela‚ Sibusiso Khumalo‚ Keagan Buchanan‚ Edmond Chirambandare and William Twala despite the head coaching job still being vacant.

While the fans approved of the departures‚ most questioned the logic behind releasing players even though the club is coachless‚ thus depriving the new incoming head coach an opportunity to form his opinion of the squad that is at his disposal – including the departing five.

“These players are immensely talented‚ but couldn’t find their form with us.

"We do not want to keep a good player inactive and that’s why we will allow them to express their talents elsewhere‚” said Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung.

Masilela has been with Amakhosi for six years‚ winning two league titles and as many domestic cups.

Twala‚ who was on loan at Maritzburg United for the last six months‚ and Chirambadare and Keagan Buchanan‚ as well as full-back Khumalo have all been at Naturena since 2016.

Motaung added that Chiefs would make further announcements on new players and the appointment of a head coach.

“It will be just a matter of time before we will make further announcements.”