Grim Reading For Chiefs Loan Army
In recent years Kaizer Chiefs have loaned out some of their players, but few have been able to return to Naturena to make their mark.
The Soweto giants have loaned out a few of their players for the season, giving four young players a chance to get game-time and experience elsewhere
Keletso Sifama, 18, and Thabo Mokoena, 21, have joined GladAfrica Championship side Pretoria Callies on loan, while Lebohang Lesako, 22, and Darrel Matsheke, 21, will play for KZN outfit Uthongathi in the same league. But, as these players look forward to possibly getting a chance to play regularly this season, the big question remains if they will be able to return to Amakhosi and get a chance to play.
Chiefs recently loaned Given Thibedi, Sizwe Twala, Ayanda Rorwana and Itumeleng Shopane to Swallows, but all these players have since parted ways with the club, without getting first team opportunities.
Previously Amakhosi have loaned out the likes of Kabelo Mahlasela, Yusuf Bunting, Kgotso Malope, Chris Matombo, Zitha Macheke, David Zulu, Abia Nale, Philani Cele, Lucky Baloyi, Sakhile Hlongwa, Enocent Mkhabela and Andisiwe Mtsila.
These players did not go onto make a mark at Naturena after their loan spells expired.
Lorenzo Gordinho was loaned out at Chiefs after initially showing a lot of progress. He did well at Bloemfontein Celtic, but was unable to make a mark when he returned to Chiefs, before leaving to join Bidvest Wits.
With the four that are currently loaned, what are the chances of them returning and making a mark at Naturena? Only time will tell.