Ex-captain sends message to Kaizer Chiefs bosses

Every Kaizer Chiefs supporter should remember Tefu Mashamaite as a legend. He won two DStv Premiership trophies as Amakhosi captain.


It’s been nearly 10 years since Kaizer Chiefs won a cup, the captain who lifted the trophy to the sky was Mashamaite. Speaking to the media this week, the 39-year-old from Senwabarwana, Limpopo, has simply pleaded with Amakhosi to emulate Mamelodi Sundowns’ scouting commitment.

“Modernisation. The perfect example is Sundowns,” Mashamaite told iDiski Times.

“What Sundowns has done was very, very revolutionary even though at the end of the day people say they used money to buy success. This is where the football future is heading,” the former Kaizer Chiefs central defender added.

“I remember when we played in the Confederations Cup I think in 2017 in Gabon. We happened to be travelling on the same flight as Flight Mohale. He was then given the responsibility to be one of the scouts.

“I know the scouting network at Sundowns is very huge and people don’t realise that scouting is a career now. You need to be trained to be a scout.

“And also when it comes to choosing a coach, the coach has to resonate with the culture and the philosophy of where the club is trying to go. Sundowns have done that well.

“Every player that Sundowns scouts and eventually buys, they identify to say this is the player that we want. I don’t think Chiefs have really invested in that.

“Football right now is an institution, you cannot just choose a coach, buy players willy-nilly like, ‘Oh this player is playing for Chippa United, he scored 20 goals this season,’ and you buy him.

“Does he fit into the culture and the philosophy of [Kaizer] Chiefs? If he doesn’t then don’t buy him. So Chiefs haven’t really like invested in that,” Mashamaite concluded.

Mashamaite’s career:

Wits University reserves

Wits University

Stars of Africa

Bidvest Wits

Kaizer Chiefs

Häcken (Sweden)

SuperSport United

Baberwa FC.

Do you agree with Mashamaite on Amakhosi creating the same scouting setup like Sundowns? Let us know in the comments section below.


In the meantime, Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson is getting ready for his final match. The Glamour Boys will travel to the Western Cape to face Cape Town Spurs. The game will kick off at 15:00 from the DHL Stadium.