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Walusimbi muses on his time with the Kaizer Chiefs: “South Africans are not welcoming & hidden xenophobia tortures foreign players.”

Walusimbi muses on his time with the Kaizer Chiefs: “South Africans are not welcoming & hidden xenophobia tortures foreign players.”

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Godfrey Walusimbi has claimed foreign players in South African are victims of 'hidden xenophobia'
Godfrey Walusimbi

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Godfrey Walusimbi has claimed foreign players in South African are victims of ‘hidden xenophobia’

  1. Chiefs acquired Gor Mahia’s Walusimbi.
  2. The defender only had a five-month tenure.
  3. He claims that South African soccer is xenophobic.

WHAT HAPPENED?

The former Uganda international Walusimbi signed for Chiefs in August 2018 after a five-year stint with Kenyan giants Gor Mahia.

But within five months of his arrival, Amakhosi asked the then out-of-favour left-back to join Chippa United on loan to pave the way for goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi to join, but Walusimbi refused and was eventually released.

THE LARGER IMAGE

Giovanni Solinas’s departure and Ernst Middendorp’s hiring signaled the end of the 34-year-old’s time at Naturena.

The injury to first-choice keeper Itumeleng Khune and the lack of response from Virgil Vries led to a crisis in the goalkeeping unit. Since the team had reached its foreign limit, the new coach made the decision to sacrifice Walusimbi in order to make room for Nigerian Akpeyi.

Ultimately, he made 14 appearances in all competitions before going back to his native Uganda.

Now, Walusimbi has discussed his experiences competing in the top division in South Africa.

 

WHAT WALUSIMBI WAS AGAINST

“People from South Africa are not very hospitable. “I believe you recall the instances of xenophobia in which individuals were being killed,” Walusimbi stated to Nation Sports.

“That’s not really demonstrated in the football industry. Though many international players are tortured by it, at least it’s disguised.

The psychological and technical aspects pose a challenge for players in South Africa. I am not, technically speaking, referring about stuff like dribbling or controlling the ball.

“They have their style of play whereby they like doing tricks on the pitch so if you are not used to it, they get mad at you.”

CHIEFS & WALUSIMBI’S FUTURE

Amakhosi have not been able to maintain their former level of supremacy in the PSL, even with Walusimbi’s departure.

The Soweto Giants have had nine different coaches since their previous championship in the 2014–15 season, and their tenth will take over in January 2024.

The Chiefs are still looking for players and coaches to help them end their protracted trophy drought, even though Walusimbi has retired from competition and is currently the director of Waza Soccer Elite Academy.

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