Chiefs defender Ngezana joins Romanian club
The 25-year-old defender leaves Amakhosi after almost seven years with the club.
OFF TO ROMANIA: Siyabonga Ngezana of Kaizer Chiefs (Gavin BarkerBackpagePix)
Kaizer Chiefs on Thursday announced that defender Siyabonga Ngezana has joined Romanian Liga 1 club Fotbal Club FCSB, formerly known as Steaua Bucharesti.
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The 25-year-old defender leaves Amakhosi after almost seven years with the club having been promoted to the senior side from the Chiefs development structures in July 2016.
“There is always a tinge of sadness when a player who has risen through the ranks here leaves the Club,” said Chiefs sporting director, Kaizer Motaung Jr as quoted by the club’s website on Thursday.
“However, Siya has had a good and substantial career at Kaizer Chiefs and feels the time is right to take up a new challenge. We appreciate his wholehearted commitment to Amakhosi and wish him well on his exciting adventure to Europe.”
Ngezana becomes the second Chiefs development graduate to be sold to an overseas league in the last six months, after Njabulo Blom who joined St. Louis City SC in the Major League Soccer in the United States of America.
Ngezana had a mixed season with Chiefs last campaign. After being a regular starter at the beginning of the season, he lost his place in the starting line-up after committing silly errors at the back.
However, Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane gave him another chance to redeem himself in the second half of the season and was a regular starter until the end of the 2022/23 DStv Premiership.
He played 23 games in all competitions for Amakhosi last season and scored two goals.
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Overall, Ngezana has made 123 appearances for Chiefs since 2016, scoring six goals and making one assist.
Meanwhile, as reported earlier, Chiefs are set to make changes to their technical team, with Arthur Zwane losing his post as head coach. Word is that he will be replaced by former Young Africans coach Nasreddine Nabi who left his job on Wednesday.
Nabi is believed to have already landed in South Africa to begin talks with Chiefs.