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Another overhaul at Kaizer Chiefs as seven players are shown the door: In-pictures

By Njabulo Ngidi | 2017-06-13 16:19:36.0

  • Camaldine Abraw during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Polokwane City at FNB Stadium on February 23, 2016 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

  • Siyanda Xulu greets fans during the 2016 Carling Black Label Champion Cup match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

  • Lucky Baloyi of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Kazier Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)

  • Lewis Macha of Kaizer Chiefs during the 2016 Carling Black Label Champion Cup match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

  • Michelle Katsvairo of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on November 23, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

  • Siphelele Mthembu of Chiefs during the the Macufe Cup match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Free State Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Bloemfontien, South Africa. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images)

  • Enocent Mkhabela and Steve Komphela during the Kaizer Chiefs Pre-season press conference at Kaizer Chiefs Village, Naturena on June 27, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

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Kaizer Chiefs offloaded seven players on Tuesday afternoon as part of an overhaul in response to another barren season.

Chiefs’ disappointing 2016/17 campaign made it two successive seasons without a trophy for the country’s cup kings.

At the heart of that disappointment has been the club’s signing policy and it has come under scrutiny.

Chiefs’ boss Kaizer Motaung even admitted that Amakhosi erred in some of the signings they made.

It wasn’t surprising then when two of the seven players who were released on Tuesday were signed at the start of this season.

Lewis Macha and the club’s Most-Improved Player‚ Mitchel Katsvairo‚ were offloaded.

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Macha’s contract was “terminated by mutual consent” along with that of Siyanda Xulu‚ Lucky Baloyi and Camaldine Abraw.

Katsvairo will be sent out on loan before he is assessed “again at the end of next season before a permanent decision on his future with Amakhosi is made.”

Enocent Mkhabela‚ who was on loan at Platinum Stars‚ has been given an opportunity to make his stay permanent with Dikwena.

Siphelele Mthembu’s contract has been terminated.

“These players have contracts with the club but they did not enjoy sufficient game-time during last season and we felt it would be in their best interests as well as ours for them to pursue their careers elsewhere‚” Chiefs’ football manager Bobby Motaung said.

“We have decided to revamp the squad early so that when we commence pre-season training we prepare ourselves adequately for the tough season ahead.

"We owe it to our supporters to ensure that the events of the past two seasons are not repeated in the 2017/18 campaign.”

This is the second successive season that Chiefs have made a major squad overhaul.

Last season Chiefs released 20 players.

But Xulu‚ Edward Manqele and Mthembu ended up returning to the club as there was no club interested in them. - TMG Digital/TMG Sport

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