With competition for places in the starting XI at a big club like Kaizer Chiefs being rife, many players face disappointment of failing to make the match squad or sit watching from the bench.
Today the Fan Park crew will take a look at a few players who have been left waiting for an opportunity.
At the age of 35, Dladla is very much considered a veteran at the club. However, with there being no space for him in the first team starting XI, Dladla continuously found himself playing in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge. In his prime, Dladla was one of the best players in the country, however, things have changed now, as he enters the final stages of his career.
The Amakhosi midfielder may boast one of the most popular numbers in football today, but the number 10 hasn't been able to show the quality demanded by the prestigious jersey this season. A number 10 is widely regarded as the talisman in many teams, but Nkosi has failed to hold off the competition from a number of Chiefs players who have outperformed him in his role during the current campaign.
Competing with Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Willard Katsande will never be an easy task, as both players are in the form of their lives. Karuru is yet to make an impact at Chiefs and seems a long way from nudging Yeye or ‘Salt and Vinegar’ out of the starting XI.
As talented as he is, he faces the task of competing with thoroughbred strikers who have proven themselves over many years in South African football. Sharing a bit part role at the club may frustrate the player and with his contract expiring soon, he may never get the chance to prove his worth.
What other Chiefs players do you think are just tagging along?