The worst Kaizer Chiefs signings ever made

Pressure is on the Kaizer Chiefs management to get it right in the forthcoming transfer window in their bid to turn the club's fortune around. 

The last nine seasons have been filled with tears, especially for the fans who have seen their team crumble. They were once among the best teams in the country and the continent at large, but their 10th finish in the 2023/24 Premier Soccer League underlined the struggles they have been facing.

Apart from appointing coaches with no success record – like Arthur Zwane and his successor Molefi Ntseki, the Glamour Boys have at times not gotten it right on signing the playing unit. Last season, they brought on board players who did not deliver as anticipated.

It is not the first time that has happened. Below is a list of players who are deemed the worst Kaizer Chiefs signings made by the Black and Gold in recent years. Have a look at some players who flopped at Naturena.

Katlego-Mphela

Katlego Mphela

Mphela had shone at Mamelodi Sundowns under the tutorial of Pitso Mosimane scoring 48 goals in the 116 matches he played for the Brazilians. 

Having played for Jomo Cosmos, Strasbourg, Reims, and SuperSport United, Amakhosi expected Mphela to deliver. He, however, lasted at the club for a season and left having played just 15 games with three goals under his belt.

Kabelo Metsimetsi  

The custodian was given a chance at Amakhosi after his heroics for Carrara Kicks especially in the Nedbank Cup against top sides.

He was given a chance in the second leg of the 2009 MTN8 semi-final game against Cape Town Spurs (formally known as Ajax Cape Town), but his blunders were costly, and the game ended 3-3 with the latter advancing 4-3 in aggregate.

The goalkeeper was eventually released.

Jasond Gonzalez

The South American was signed from Bolivia's side Real Santa Cruz but on loan terms. Having scored eight goals in the Division Profesional, hopes were high on the towering striker. 

Gonzalez has since failed to deliver at Naturena; despite playing 13 games across all competitions, the 25-year-old didn't either score or assist.

He is among the players who are not expected at the club ahead of the new season.

Serge Djiehoua

After the exit of the deadly Collins Mbesuma from Chiefs, the Glamour Boys management was keen on replacing him with another equally effective forward.

They went for the Ivorian's services but in the two seasons he played for the Soweto giants, he found the back of the net just five times. 

Lazarous-Kambole
Lazarous Kambole of Zambia during the 2019 Cosafa Cup semifinals match between Zimbabwe and Zambia at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 05 June 2019 Photo : Samuel Shivambu / PA Images / Icon Sport – Photo by Icon Sport

Lazarous Kambole

The striker arrived at Chiefs with a high profile thanks to his displays for Zesco United in the Zambian Premier League as well as the Caf Champions League.

However, his stint at Amakhosi was not an enjoyable one; he scored just two Premier Soccer League goals in the three seasons he was at the club thanks to limited game-time.

He eventually left for Yanga SC where his struggles continued.

The worst Kaizer Chiefs signings ever made
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