Sithebe concedes it was not easy at Kaizer Chiefs – ‘I was coming from smaller team! Everything was different’

The former AmaZulu reveals how it felt turning out for one of the biggest teams in Mzansi.

Siyethemba Sithebe came to Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of the 2022/23 season, full of expectations after his impressive exploits at AmaZulu.

However, he struggled to replicate his showings at Usuthu, and injuries did little to help the situation. Despite playing a great role later in the season, the Glamour Boys saw no need to extend his stay.

After making 39 appearances across all competitions, the 31-year-old was shown the Naturena exit door.

Sithebe satisfied with his gains – ‘I was coming from a smaller team'

The midfielder concedes the pressure at the Glamour Boys was on another level, but he managed to settle.

“I want to thank the team  Kaizer Chiefs for the chance they gave me and the experience of playing for a big club,” Sithebe told iDiski Times.

“I learned how people treat you and support you, and as I said, even the pressure and the professionalism. I think I have gained a lot. Coming to  Kaizer Chiefs, I was coming from a smaller team. What I gained is that pressure and everything is different. Obviously, it’s a big team, and professionalism is different and everything.

“So, being able to absorb the pressure of playing for a big team that already speaks for itself, you know there are supporters everywhere you play and stadiums are always full. Even expectations from everyone are high.

“I have gained more experience than when I played for other teams in previous seasons. Even though we couldn’t win any cups, I think the happiness would have been another experience.”

Sithebe has since joined Richards Bay.

How are Chiefs shaping up for next season?

The Glamour Boys had the worst 2023/24 campaign which saw them finish 10th on the Premier Soccer League table.

Interim coach Cavin Johnson was not confirmed and later on, was discharged from his duties. Sifiso Hlanti, Sithebe, and Keagan Dolly are the other players who were released after their contracts expired.

A couple of days ago, Nasreddine Nabi was officially confirmed as the club's head coach, taking over from Molefi Ntseki. Chiefs are currently in Turkey for pre-season. Some few new names are expected in the team before the new season begins.

Sithebe concedes it was not easy at Kaizer Chiefs – ‘I was coming from smaller team! Everything was different’
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