Kaizer Chiefs ‘nightmare’ over for these two players

Kaizer Chiefs is a good place to be if you want to earn decent cash in SA football. However, Mo Money Mo Problems, as they say.

KAIZER CHIEFS’ TOP MONTHLY EARNERS

Keagan Dolly – R1,4 Million

Itumeleng Khune – R480,000

Zitha Kwinika – R370,000

Ashley du Preez – R300,000

Yusuf Maart – R300,000

Money is nice, but at what cost?

It’s easy to envisage a situation where both Khune and Dolly are no longer Chiefs players next season. That illustrates a level of money mismanagement by the club but also reveals an opportunity for them to considerably trim the wage bill, as neither player has been an integral part of the starting XI for the last two campaigns. Although they’re amazingly well-paid and revered in South Africa, the past two years have been far from ideal. Club skipper and legendary goalkeeper Khune has seen some of his legacy tainted by off-field issues, while Dolly is not the player he once was and struggled badly with persistent injuries. More fuss has been made over Khune and Dolly’s behaviour off the pitch than on it, and that’s not a good situation for anybody.

Nobody would refuse salaries like these but they come with an automatic level of scrutiny and pressure that becomes unbearable.

Kaizer Chiefs and Keagan Dolly set for contract renewal? image: KickOff.com

MTN8 RACE GOES TO THE FINAL DAY

Kaizer Chiefs will have to beat relegated Cape Town Spurs on the final day of the campaign and hope the teams around them in the table don’t manage big wins. The table is so congested that Chiefs, AmaZulu and Polokwane all have 36 points while Golden Arrows have 35 and Chippa have 34. All of these sides are fighting for one place and it could easily boil down to goal difference. AmaZulu and Arrows meet in the only direct battle here. Amakhosi sent a video tribute goodbye to outgoing skipper Itumeleng Khune. Not even a victory guarantees an MTN8 slot for Chiefs as AmaZulu and Polokwane can both match their points tally with a win of their own. Chiefs’ goal difference is +1 better than AmaZulu’s and +4 superior to Polokwane’s, so a comfortable win at Spurs SHOULD seal eighth spot. However, any other result puts them in serious anger.

Kaizer Chiefs players hold a short prayer before training at Naturena. Image: @kaizerchiefs/X

FINAL DAY FIXTURES IN THE MTN8 RACE

All matches kick off at 15:00 on Saturday 25 May. Man City begin their inevitable mauling of Man United at 16:00 in the FA Cup final so you’ll have some choices.

Polokwane City vs TS Galaxy

Cape Town Spurs vs Kaizer Chiefs

Chippa vs Sekhukhune

AmaZulu vs Golden Arrows

WILL CHIEFS SEAL AN MTN8 PLACE ON THE FINAL DAY AGAINST SPURS?

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