This off-season will definitely be one to remember. From an exodus of players at Kaizer Chiefs and surprise signings to some rather disappointing news to the ears of some fans, the 2016/17 campaign will be one to keep an eye on.
While many of the Amakhosi faithful sat on the sidelines, waiting patiently for their beloved team to release the names of the players they had signed, the anticipation built up and it showed as many questioned the club on a daily basis for the date of that press conference.
Finally, the day we all waited for arrived, and to the disappointment of most, the signings were quantity rather than quality. I might be wrong, but the players the Motaung clan brought into the team were not what we would expect from a Soweto giant, but maybe I will have to eat humble pie.
The general reaction from the supporters justifies my feelings about the signings, though, and if I had to pick out one good purchase, it would have to be the acquisition of former Mamelodi Sundowns captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele. Although a lot has been made of the "curse" on players who have moved from Downs to Chiefs previously, it would be unfair to label Mphahlele before he is given a chance to prove himself at Naturena.
While there are other new players, such as Keagan Buchanan, Sibusiso Khumalo, Enocent Mkhabela, Edmore Chirambadare, Mitchell Katsvairo, and Lewis Macha are now at the club, it all boils down to the strategy coach Steve Komphela will have in place to take Chiefs back to the top.
Meanwhile, rivals Orrlando Pirates have outshone them in the transfer market, even acquiring the services of their former coach Muhsin Ertugral. So, between the two Soweto clubs, it will be interesting to see who will have the upper hand next season...
Who do you think made the better signings between the two teams? Why do you think Chiefs are finding it difficult to purchase quality players?