Willard Katsande leads the list of exits out of Kaizer Chiefs’ Naturena headquarters
Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the names of players they will be releasing ahead of the 2021-22 season.
The notable player being let go is 10-year servant Willard Katsande. It is understood the arrival of Cole Alexander‚ announced with Bafana Bafana star as a new signing on Tuesday‚ in defensive midfield put an end to 35-year-old Katsande’s contract renewal discussions.
Also released are right-back Kgotso Moleko‚ left-back Philani Zulu and goalkeeper Brylon Petersen.
Three players — Lazarous Kambole and left-backs Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Yagan Sasman — have been put on the transfer list.
Chiefs said: “After holding on to all the players at the end of last season due to being unable to sign new players [because of a single-season Fifa transfer ban]‚ the club emerged from the sanction by announcing 10 new players who will wear the gold and black colours of Chiefs in the new season.
" To make way for the new players and ensure the coach [Stuart Baxter] and his technical team prepare adequately‚ Amakhosi will sadly be parting ways with some players who will not form part of the coach’s plans in the next season.
“Leading the list of those who will exit Naturena is club legend Willard Katsande. The Zimbabwean joined Amakhosi in 2011 from Ajax Cape Town. After 10 years with Chiefs‚ the midfielder holds the record of being the most capped foreigner after playing 326 official matches for Chiefs , which is one more than fellow countryman Tinashe Nengomasha.
“The 35-year-old’s contract has expired and will not be extended. He will announce his plans in due course.”
Apart from Dolly and Alexander‚ Chiefs had already announced six signings — Brandon Peterson‚ Sifiso Hlanti‚ Phathutshedzo Nange‚ Njabulo Ngcobo‚ Sibusiso Mabiliso‚ Kgaogelo Sekgota and Thabani Dube. Midfielder Given Thibedi has been recalled from two seasons on loan at Swallows FC.
Amakhosi have shown their intention to rebuild on the back of six unprecedented seasons without silverware.