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Kaizer Chiefs transfers rated: Positive Amakhosi report card

20:03 SAST 2022/08/31
Zitha Kwinika Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022
While the Glamour Boys are not yet firing on all cylinders and there is room for improvement, there is surely also reason for cautious optimism

Kaizer Chiefs have not always got it right in the transfer market in recent years, but it seems like this season may be different.

Several of the new men have already made some important contributions to the Soweto side and some have established themselves as regulars.

Results will need to improve – Chiefs have won three and lost three - but the Amakhosi squad does overall seem to be in healthy shape after a significant number of departures and arrivals over the past few months.

GOAL assesses the new acquisitions:

  • Zitha Kwinika, Kaizer Chiefs, July 2022

    1. Zitha Kwinika - 9.5

    Kwinika, 28, seems like he's been playing in the heart of the Amakhosi defence for years. Early signs are good about his ability to handle the big stage of playing for SA's biggest team. The uncompromising, ice-cool centre-back has been the team's best defender as well as their best new signing after arriving from Stellenbosch FC.

  • Yusuf Maart Kaizer Chiefs.

    2. Yusuf Maart - 8

    The Bafana Bafana central midfielder has brought new energy and thrust to the Chiefs engine room. The box-to-box former Sekhukhune player has missed the last two games after a red card, but has already shown himself to be a valuable addition. At 26, there's still more to come from him too.

  • Ashley Du Preez

    3. Ashley du Preez - 8

    There are times when he's wasteful in front of goal. But he's still young at 24, and still getting to grips with a rapid rise to the top. And even though he's missed a couple of matches through injury, Du Preez already has two goals - in only 134 minutes of action. An excellent start.

  • Dillon Solomons, Kaizer Chiefs, June 2022

    4. Dillon Solomons - 7.5

    The Capetonian has been excellent so far, flying down the right wing with his scintillating pace and offering plenty both in attack and defence. Still only 23, he looks set for a bright future.

  • Siyethemba Sithebe Kaizer Chiefs

    5. Siyethemba Sithebe - 7

    Has done well without catching the eye with many match-altering moments. One senses there's more to come from the former AmaZulu man who, to be fair, has often been asked to play deeper, curbing his natural attacking instincts which were seen with Usuthu.

    He may well burst to life in the weeks ahead after building a nice platform at Chiefs with some competent performances.

  • George Matlou, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022

    Lehlogonolo Matlou - 6.5

    The former Swallows midfielder has had three appearances and played 145 minutes. He's started promisingly although it remains to be seen if he'll bring anything extra to what Amakhosi already have.

  • Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Kaizer Chiefs, June 2022

    No score

    Edmilson Dove's debut was delayed by work permit issues. Kamohelo Mahlatsi only got to play a few minutes so far while Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana has only recently been signed.