Only three of their recruits from the 2015/16 campaign - Daniel Cardoso, Camaldine Abraw and William Twala - survived the guillotine.
The noise about the apparent jumble sale, with marquee signing Siyanda Xulu, Bongani Ndulula, Edward Manqele, Siphelele Mthembu, Sula Matovu and Ivan Bukenya all on the way out, is a little bit deceiving.
In as much as team manager Bobby Motaung intends to rebuild and give coach Steve Komphela all the backing he needs to thrive next season after Chiefs surrendered their PSL title without really putting up a fight, those on their way out have been fringe players at best.
It is a move in the right direction - a fresh start that already sets the tone for Steve Komphela’s second year at the helm.
Amakhosi have also never been a club to show belief in young players.
Chiefs will be making further announcements on player moves between now and August, with the focus on finding a suitable alternative for midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane who will join Stuart Baxter at SuperSport United as well as a goalscorer to help Abraw and Bernard Parker, who struggled last season.
The club announced that Keagan Ritchie will also be on his way out.