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Kaizer Chiefs bolster squad with highly-rated foreign duo

Kaizer Chiefs have bolstered their squad with the signings of two highly-rated foreign players in Congolese striker Christian Saile Basomboli and Botswana international Thatayaone Ditlhokwe.

The signing of Christian Saile, who joins Chiefs from Zambia Super League side Nchanga Rangers comes as no surprise as the Soweto giants have been struggling in front goals this season.

The striker signed a three-and-half-year deal with Chiefs.

He impressed Arthur Zwane and the rest of the Amakhosi technical team during his trial at Naturena.

Botswana captain, Ditlhokwe penned a pre-contract with Amakhosi from DStv Premiership side SuperSport United.

The 24-year-old will join the Glamour Boys in July on a four-year contract after his deal with SuperSport expires.


“Kaizer Chiefs are pleased to announce the signing of Congolese striker Christian Saile Basomboli. Amakhosi bought the 22-year-old left-footed striker from Nchanga Rangers in Zambia,” reads the club statement.

Kaizer Chiefs new striker, Christian Saile Basomboli
Kaizer Chiefs’ new striker, Christian Saile Basomboli

“Basomboli arrives in Naturena after penning a three-and-half-year deal with the Glamour Boys. He will join the team training in the next week. Welcome to Amakhosi.”


Saile Basomboli attracted interest in South Africa following his extraordinary spell with Rangers.

He won the Golden Boot award in the National League, Zambia’s second tier in the 2021/22 season with 19 goals.

With his goal scoring exploits, the hitman helped Rangers gain promotion to the Premiership as captain that campaign,

In the current season, Saile Basomboli reportedly scored seven out of the 16 goals Rangers scored in the Super League.

He will be expected to bang in the goals at Chiefs with Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana.

Bimenyimana has proven to be the club’s only regular net eater with seven goals in the league.

He is the joint top scorer along with Peter Shaluile and Bradley Grobler.

Meanwhile, Ditlhokwe has been a mainstay in defence for SuperSport, playing in over 75 matches in all competitions since joining the club from Township Rollers in 2020.

Thatayaone Ditlhokwe of SuperSport United on his way to Kaizer Chiefs
Thatayaone Ditlhokwe of SuperSport United on his way to Kaizer Chiefs

“Kaizer Chiefs are delighted to announce the signing of a pre-contract securing the acquisition of left-sided centre-back Thatayaone Ditlhokwe from SuperSport United.

“The highly rated international who captains Botswana’s national team has penned a four-year contract and will arrive to begin his life in Naturena in July 2023.

“We look forward to welcoming him to Amakhosi,” added the club.

The Soweto giants continue their rebuilding process under coach Zwane, seeking their way back to winning trophies in the coming years.

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