On September 14, 2023, Siyethemba Sithebe of Kaizer Chiefs attended the Kaizer Chiefs media open day at Kaizer Chiefs Village in Johannesburg, South Africa. Reports suggest that his contract may not be renewed, as his current deal is set to expire at the end of the season. The club has reportedly already made the decision not to renew his contract. According to sources, Sithebe’s performance has not been satisfactory, particularly in the second season. The decision is expected to be finalized soon, and Sithebe will be informed. Meetings during the Afcon break were reportedly used to review player performances and make personnel decisions. While an official notification is pending, it’s common for such decisions to be made during quiet periods like the break.
The source mentioned that after Njabulo (Blom) left, Sithebe was expected to take over his position but got injured. Additionally, competition from players like Yusuf Maart, Edson Castillo, Sibongiseni Mthethwa, and Samkelo Zwane has made it difficult for Sithebe to play in that position. Without an official comment from Kaizer Chiefs, the situation remains unconfirmed.
The source noted the tough competition from other players as a reason for Sithebe’s potential departure, while also highlighting that his injury impacted his performance. The source also mentioned that the decision to not renew his contract was made after meetings during a break.