Tsepo Masilela one of five released by Kaizer Chiefs

Tsepo Masilela Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

South African giants Kaizer Chiefs have announced the exit of five players from the club, including stalwart former Bafana Bafana left-back Tsepo Masilela, despite being without a coach.

Another left-sided defender with national team experience, Sibusiso Khumalo, is also out the door, along with injury-prone midfielder Keagan Buchanan, winger William Twala, and miss-firing Zimbabwe forward Edmore Chirambadare.

"We are terminating the contracts of Twala, Buchanan, Chirambadare and Khumalo," Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung told his club's website.

"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."

Masilela, who has also previously played in Greece and Spain, could be set for a move to the United States after his contract came to an end.

Motaung also suggested the club would send young forward Emmanuel Letlotlo, who missed most of last season through injury, out on loan.

Chiefs have been criticised for the slow pace of appointing a new coach following the departure of Steve Komphela in May and with pre-season starting next week.

Patrice Carteron, who signed with Al Ahly on Wednesday, revealed he had been offered a deal by Chiefs, while Avram Grant remains in the picture.

"We are in the process of acquiring the new coach and working on bolstering the squad with new signings," Motaung said. "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."

https://www.kaizerchiefs.com/news/chiefs-confirm-exits/ Chiefs have not won a trophy in three seasons, the longest barren run in the club's nearly 50-year history.