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Kaizer Chiefs' mid-season report card: Assessing Amakhosi's new signings

4:00 PM GMT+4 22/11/2022
Ashley Du Preez and Yusuf Maart of Kaizer Chiefs.
GOAL takes a look at the performances of players who joined the Soweto giants for the current campaign

Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane signed nine players before the beginning of the 2022/23 season.

The signings arrived amid so much attention on the club’s transfer policy which has not improved their fortunes in recent years.

Zwane has been under heavy scrutiny to see if he has managed more hits than misses in the player transfer business.

With Chiefs having so far played 13 Premier Soccer League games and a few Cup matches GOAL goes through how the nine players have fared so far.

  • Siyethemba Sithebe of Kaizer Chiefs.

    Siyethemba Sithebe - 5/10

    The former AmaZulu midfielder has started eight of the 10 PSL games he has featured in and he has also made two MTN8 appearances.

    But he is yet to score a single goal or provide an assist and usually struggles to finish games.

    At 29, Sithebe was signed to add more experience as Zwane preferred younger players in his rebuilding project.

  • Zitha Kwinika of Kaizer Chiefs.

    Zitha Kwinika - 7/10

    Although Chiefs are not yet stable in defence, Kwinika has been a consistent performer at the back with crucial blocks and interventions.

    The 28-year-old has started 11 league games and has a goal to his name so far.

    He, however, has to work on his discipline as he is easily booked.

  • Edmilson Dove, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2022

    Edmilson Dove - 6/10

    The Mozambique international arrived at Chiefs as a free agent already boasting PSL experience from his days at Cape Town.

    Naturally a left-back, Dove was immediately converted into a central defender by Zwane.

    He started playing a bit late due to work permit issues and his partnership with Kwinika at the heart of defence is yet to become solid but it looks promising.

  • Yusuf Maart, Kaizer Chiefs

    Yusuf Maart - 6/10

    High expectations were on Maart when he signed Chiefs from Sekhukhune United but he is yet to live up to his billing.

    While joining Amakhosi is usually a move that elevates a player into a big star, Maart instead lost his Bafana Bafana place after arriving at Naturena.

    Save from scoring a sensational goal in the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates, Maart has not been convincing in midfield despite being a regular and having numerous opportunities to prove himself.

  • Ashley Du Preez

    Ashley du Preez - 5/10

    Chiefs have been looking for a regular goalscorer but Du Preez has been struggling to deliver.

    Three goals in 13 appearances across all competitions do not make good reading for a player serving a big football institution like Chiefs.

    Just like Maart, Du Preez has been presented with several chances to prove himself but is not building up on the potential he showed while at Stellenbosch FC.

  • Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana - 6/10

    It took a while for Zwane to make a decision on the lanky Uganda striker who first underwent trials during the off-season.

    Bimenyimana has scored six league goals, having played six games.

    But with four of those goals coming from the penalty spot, he has not been that convincing, especially the way he missed many scoring opportunities.

  • George Matlou, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2022

    George Matlou - 5/10

    Matlou has been limited to just six league appearances that include four starts and has played 90 minutes in just one match.

    The 24-year-old’s influence in midfield is yet to be felt.

  • Dillon Solomons, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022

    Dillon Solomons - 6/10

    Zwane prefers Solomons as a right-back but the player thrived at Swallows FC as a right-winger involved more in attacking.

    Perhaps the fact that he now has more defensive duties has not yielded the best in him.

  • Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2022

    Kamohelo Mahlatsi - 4/10

    Life has not been rosy for Mahlatsi at Chiefs and the midfielder has only seen 31 minutes of action.

    The player has featured in three games across all competitions, coming on from the bench on all occasions.