Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Virgil Vries on a three-year deal, to back-up Itumeleng Khune ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
The 29-year-old Namibian international parted ways with Baroka FC recently after just one season with the Limpopo outfit and will now become part of Amakhosi.
Vries joined Bakgaga Ga Mphahlele from Maritzburg United but will now make a huge leap to Gauteng to join the likes of Khama Billiat, Letlhogonolo Mirwa and Andriamirado Andrianarimanana who were added to the Amakhosi roster.
“After Brilliant Khuzwayo left, we wanted to get a seasoned goalkeeper to assist Itumeleng Khune,” the club’s football manager Bobby Motaung told the Amakhosi website.
“We have a few talented youngsters like Bruce Bvuma and Brylon Petersen who need to work with experienced keepers. We welcome Virgil, “ he added.
Vries will look to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Namibian players who have donned the black and gold colours, Mohamed Ouseb and Robert Nauseb, and possibly leave a huge impression at the club.
Kaizer Chiefs have made three new signings ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, the club confirmed via its official Twitter account on Friday afternoon.
The biggest name of the new arrivals is perhaps that of former Mamelodi Sundowns star player Khama Billiat who crosses town from Tshwane to join Amakhosi in Gauteng as a free agent, with his contract set to expire next week.
The 27-year-old Zimbabwean international won three Absa Premiership titles with Masandawana and was crowned Footballer of the Season two years ago when the Brazilians won both the domestic league and the CAF Champions League.
Madagascan international Andriamirado ‘Dux’ Hasina, 27, who set the recently concluded COSAFA Cup alight and was named the Player of the Tournament, has also been snatched up by Amakhosi.
Little known Letlhogonolo Mirwa is a 23-year-old left back who played for Buya Msuthu and helped them clinch the title in the ABC Motsepe League for the North West, though they fell at the final hurdle in the playoffs and were unable to gain promotion into the National First Division.
Kaizer Chiefs Football Club has ended months of speculation as to who would be leaving the club after another disastrous season which saw the club fail to win silverware, by releasing five players.
Football Manager Bobby Motaung confirmed the news via the club’s website of the player exodus.
“As stated previously, we are releasing a number of players,” Motaung confirmed.
“Of course, there is Brilliant Khuzwayo, who signed with Orlando Pirates after his Chiefs contract expired at the end of last season. Tsepo Masilela’s contract will not be renewed.”
Khuzwayo and full-back Masilela won two league titles and two cup trophies during their six-years stay at Naturena.
Midfielder William Twala, who was on loan at Maritzburg United for the last six months, as well as Edmore Chirambadare and Keagan Buchanan and Sibusiso Khumalo,will also see the end of their Chiefs careers having joined in 2016.
“We are terminating the contracts of Twala, Buchanan, Chirambadare and Khumalo,” revealed Motaung.
“These players are immensely talented, but couldn’t find their form with us. We do not want to keep a good player inactive and that’s why we will allow them to express their talents elsewhere.”
Motaung also disclosed that “discussions are underway to send Emmanuel Letlotlo on loan. We will reveal the details as soon as the deal is finalised.”
Motaung concluded saying, “We are in the process of acquiring the new coach and working on bolstering the squad with new signings. It will be just a matter of time before we will make further announcements.
“We are aware of the anticipation from our stakeholders, considering that we have not seen much success recently. We are working around the clock to find the right coach and players to sign. We are left with about two weeks before the start of pre-season training and will try to finalise most of these movements before that.”
Chiefs fans will be waiting in anticipation to see which coach will take over the hot seat before their Shell Helix Cup clash against Mamelodi Sundowns on July 21 at the FNB Stadium.
The opening weekend of the 2018/19 English Premier League will witness some scintillating fixtures, with all eyes set on league champions Manchester City’s clash away to Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.
Gunners’ new manager Unai Emery faces a real test in his debut season at home before traveling to London rivals Chelsea on the second weekend of the season.
UEFA Champions League finalists Liverpool, will host West Ham United at Anfield, in what will be a return to the premiership for manager Manuel Pellegrini and his first competitive game in charge of the London side.
Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers make a return to the top division since 2012 and will take on newly appointed Marco Silva’s Everton at Molineux.
Cardiff City make the trip away to Bournemouth while Fulham host former manager Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in a London derby at Craven Cottage.
Mark Hughes’Southampton host Burnley at the 365 Stadium.
Opening day fixtures:
Bournemouth v Cardiff City
Arsenal v Manchester City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
Liverpool v West Ham United
Manchester United v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Burnley
Watford v Brighton
Final day fixtures:
Brighton v Manchester City
Burnley v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
Fulham v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Chelsea
Liverpool v Wolverhampton
Manchester United v Cardiff City
Southampton v Huddersfield Town
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Watford v West Ham United
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton
Real Madrid’s new coach, Julen Lopetegui, has been sacked by the Spanish FA just a day before the start of the World Cup.
This comes merely a day after he was named as the new manager to succeed departed Zinedine Zidane at The Bernabeu.
Speaking at a press conference announcing Lopetegui’s sacking on Wednesday, Rubiales said, “We have decided to fire the national coach [Lopetegui]. What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck.
“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.”
Former captain of La Furi Roja Fernando Hierro has been instilled as the coach for the duration of the World Cup.
The global showpiece commences on Thursday, with the 2010 World Cup champions taking on Portugal on Friday evening at 8pm.
Legendary goalkeeper Brian Baloyi has left Kaizer Chiefs, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
Amakhosi have since roped in Lee Baxter – son of Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, who worked closely with Baloyi and will assume those duties on a full-time role as from next season.
‘Spider-Man’ has decided to call time on his coaching career in pursuit of other business ventures and aiding budding goalkeepers with development.
“I will be pursuing other business ventures. I will also be embarking in goalkeeping development programmes,” Baloyi told Chiefs’s website.
“I grew up at Chiefs and I will forever be grateful to the club for the opportunity to get where I am today.”
Club Chairman Kaizer Motaung Snr also expressed his gratitude to Baloyi, who served the Gold and Black with distinction for 12 years as a player and a coach, and wished the 44-year-old all the best in his development endeavours.
“I wish to thank Brian for his contribution during his return to the club, which is his home,” added Motaung.
“When we brought Brian back in the fold, we had intentions to have a longer engagement but he recently indicated a willingness to pursue other ventures.
“We gave him our blessings and we will continue to collaborate with him going forward. I wish to bid Brian farewell and success in his new endeavours.
“We look forward to continue working with Brian and on collaborative efforts to improve the goalkeeping area in our country.”
Real Madrid have announced that Spanish National Team Coach Julen Lopetegui will take over the hot seat at The Bernabeu following the departure of Zinedine Zidane.
A statement from the club read,”Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Real Madrid CF announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons.
Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.
Lopetegui took over from Vicente Del Bosque as the National team manager in 2016, and also coached Spain’s national under 19,20 and 21 junior sides.