Football in South Africa is not only a sport but also a tradition and a way to escape the hardships of the every day struggles. Players start from a young age playing football barefoot on gravel and asphalt before moving their way to green and brown grass playing for local football academies at work developing young talent into what could be football professionals as they grow older.
Young players grow up supporting their local community clubs but also support big clubs in the PSL which they look up to. Clubs such as Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs is always the favourite local clubs among youngsters as they not only support these clubs but also admire them with hopes of one day playing for them.
Kaizer Chiefs in particular has drawn many young and mature talent to their establishment and these players had the time of their lives with as much game-time as they needed provided they I impressed the coaches and the technical staff during training to make the starting eleven or feature from the bench.
Whilst players who are still at Kaizer Chiefs are thriving, let's take a look at a few former players who struggle to feature or find respective clubs to play for in the PSL.
Siphelele Ntshangase (Marumo Gallants)
Former Kaizer Chiefs star player Siphelele Ntshangase had become a dying breed of former talent since he made way from Kaizer Chiefs last season. Ntshangase was a very sought-after player at Chiefs but with Gallants made only three appearances for the current season. He last played a competitive fixture for Gallants in December against Orlando Pirates.
Tristan Moses (Free Agent)
Former Kaizer Chiefs player Tristan Moses is still without a club after he left Mamelodi Sundowns last season. The young star made way from Kaizer Chiefs to feature for Sundowns DStv Diski Challenge side but has now been clubless for almost a full season.
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Free Agent)
Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Siphiwe Tshabalala is reportedly still searching for a new club after he made way with AmaZulu FC where he barely featured last season. The last PSL club he played a fair amount of matches for was Kaizer Chiefs, and according to media reports he is not ready to hang up his boots after leaving Benni McCarthy's side. But there is no local club that's shown interest in the mature striker.
Willard Katsande (Sekhukhune United)
Out of the lot of the above-mentioned former Kaizer Chiefs players struggling to feature or find respective clubs to play for, Willard Katsande has made 12 appearances for Sekhukhune United scoring one goal in the process, but 12 is still not enough for the current season, but he could still get to feature more for the club.
George Maluleka (Mamelodi Sundowns)
George Maluleka is a former player of Kaizer Chiefs where he enjoyed many matches on the pitch, as he was never starved of game-time with the club, but since he moved to Mamelodi Sundowns in 2020, he was starved of game-time which is not something he is used too. Since joining Mamelodi Sundowns he played eleven matches in his first season but only made two appearances in the DStv Premiership this season.
For all the above-mentioned former Kaizer Chiefs players, life was great at Amakhosi, but as soon as they left the club, their careers seemed to have hit a brick wall. These are great players, they just unlucky and deserve much more then they are currently getting from the world of football.
This is just a few of Kaizer Chiefs former players which was mentioned but there is more who are experiencing the same thing. Is football after Kaizer Chiefs really a dead end for players?
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