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To begin with, Chippa United has a rough season because they were led by four different head coaches. At this point, their main focus is on survival because there is some uncertainty regarding their future in Port Elizabeth. In December, their contract with Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is reportedly set to expire so they might have to move back to Cape Town. However, owner Mpengesi and presently coach Larsen are doing the best to fix this situation.
In other news, you have probably heard about all the drama regarding Khama Billiat’s purported pending transfer from Kaizer Chiefs to Mamelodi Sundowns. The PSL gave a strict warning to clubs for illegal tapping of the players. They warned them to stick to contracts and avoid any illegal approaches or they will face dire consequences. Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport both complained about Mamelodi Sundowns. It was due to rumours that Sundowns are trying to lure the defender Aubrey Modiba before the transfer deadline is over.
The last transfer window is usually closing up on the last day of August but as the last day fell on the weekend it was prolonged for one more day. So, all important transfers have been made and it is highly unlikely for anything to happen on this last day. However, we might still be surprised later so keep your eye on it. So, for now, we will move on to the transfers that occurred during last month.
All PSL News is extremely important so are news about latest transfers. To being with, one of the latest stories was about Pitso Mosimane, the coach of Mamelodi Sundowns who was seen as a possible candidate for Bafana Bafana coach. However, he opened up about the pain when he was fired by them so there no or little possibility that this will proceed.
Another flow of info came about Kaizer Chiefs who had 6 to this point. They had 3 Central-Forwards arrivals; Yusuf Bunting, Samir Nurkovic and Lazarous Kambole. Yagan Sasman who is a Left-Back has also joined the team. The other two arrivals were James Kotei (Defensive Midfield) and Kearyn Baccus (Central Midfield). Equally important, we need to mention the players who departed; Ryan Moon, Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, Teenage Hadebe and Mario Booysen.
Unlike Chiefs, Orlando Pirates had such a huge change in the team it is hard to follow. On the whole, 21 players have arrived in the team and 19 departed from the team. Most of these players have returned because of end of loan but there were two free transfers regarding Joris Delle and Gabadinho Mhango. Kabelo Dlamini, Siphesihle Ndlovu, Austin Muwowo, Tebogo Tlolane and Bongani Sam are few of the players which transferred under yet undetermined fee.
In general, their biggest problem is a desperate need for new Centre-Back. Pirates have not been scoring goals but their defence was not any better either. It slowed down their progress in MTN 8 and CAF Champions League as well. Robyn Johannes, Matome Mathiane, Nicholas Motloung, Luckyboy Mokoena and Brian Onyango are some of the players they might consider adding to their defence.
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Of course, we can’t forget about Mamelodi Sundowns who had 9 arrivals. Sammy Seabi, Mauricio Affonso and Nyiko Mobbie are among new arrivals while others returned at the end of the loan. Some of the departed players are Thela Ngobeni, Mogakolodi Ngele, Luís Miquissone and Siyanda Zwane.
Sundowns are looking to sign a former Orlando Pirates’s striker, Tokelo Rantie. He has already been training with Sundowns in the hope of securing a contract. So far, things look pretty good for him. He impressed the coach Pitso Mosimane so there are great chances this will come to realization.
Their latest signing with Sammy Seabi from Polokwane City has delighted the club’s captain Hlompho Kekana. Mosimane undoubtedly made the right choice with this player as he has done extremely well in the matches he featured so far. He gave his contribution to Sundowns in a game against Chippa United 1:1. He will probably start his season alongside Kekana when Sundowns face SuperSport United in the MTN8 at Lucas Moripe Stadium. So it is definitely true that he added value to this team.
Kaizer Chiefs Exit proposed on Deadline Day
On the whole, it is highly unlikely that Chiefs will bring in more players today but there are still some speculations about Kabelo Mahlasela. It is understood that he is moving back to his Bloemfontein Celtic after his loan was coming to end. The two teams are yet not sure whether can they make an agreement.
Kabelo Mahlasela has not featured at all in this season and didn’t even make a single matchday squad in the four matches that chiefs had played. He joined them in January of last year and unfortunately suffered from a long-term injury. At the same time, Steve Komphela was still a coach. Mahlasela was encouraged to make his breakthrough a few months later upon the arrival of the new coach- Giovanni Solinas. He was later replaced by Ernst Middendorp.
In general, this player made overall of 16 appearances in all domestic competitions during the previous season but most of them were, unfortunately, on the bench. His contract with Chiefs expires in June next year but it is not clear if he has the option to extend it with the Glamour Boys. At this point, the situation is a bit complicated but let’s hope that two teams will agree on the terms and solve everything before the deadline.
PSL News – Transfers in Final Hours
To point out, the last day can’t go without some excitement. At the beginning of the month there were already numerous deals concluded but the final day is always of the same importance. To begin with, Cape Town City made it clear that they desperately need a reinforcement in the club. Specifically, they need a centre-back but they could also strengthen their attacking department.
Stellenbosch has also been really active in the transfer and they were bringing in the free agents such as Morgan Gould and Marc van Heerden. On the whole, everything looks like they might decide to make a few transfers in the final hours. Mamelodi Sundowns are still indecisive in general, so they may but also many not add some players to their books.
Several of Sundowns’s players have been linked with a move away like Jeremy Brockie and also Lucky Mohomi. Orlando Pirates have outdone themselves and they seem to be completely done in the transfer window. However, they still have one of the players who is linked with a possible move to Europe, Thembinkosi Lorch. It is yet to be seen whether will he manage to make the final decision within final hours.
Chiefs have added six faces to their books and have few names linked with the club such as Thabang Monare and Cole Alexander. Besides that, we can’t forget about Bidvest Wits who could also make final changes on deadline day. However, it remains to be seen whether will they make a move or not.
After all, no signings for ‘Big Three’
With the last minutes slowly counting and we are all very excited to see the final decisions and changes, there is a conclusion. Phakaaathi has concluded that Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and Mamelodi Sundowns will not make any last-minute signings. The transfer window is closing strictly in midnight and so far everyone is getting impatient.
Aubrey Ngoma, Jeremy Brockie and Thabang Monare have been expected to join the Kaizer Chiefs and be the content of those who already got in. So, in general, the list for Kaizer Chiefs is done at last and naturally, you can start making your prediction of the game outcome. Now that we know the players we can easily predict how their performance will look like. Chiefs have probably solved their issues with finding the necessary defence so we can’t wait to see them on the field.
Pirates have been linked with the Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo but they are satisfied with the present state of books. All the transfers they have made in this short period would fill the holes and improve the outcome. Besides them, we got to mention the Mamelodi Sundowns who are struggling to get the players they require.
Sundowns will not give in easily and they will not give their players out for free. They have been linked with Chiefs’ Khama Billiat and Aubrey Modiba from SuperSport United. However, it looks like there will be no last-minute signings. So, moreover, everything you can see at this point is a final list for big three in PSL News.
Golden Arrows – Pirates are like 150kg sumo wrestler
Golden Arrows’s coach Steve Komphela has described Orlando Pirates with some harsh words. He compared them to a 150kg sumo wrestler and said that counter-attacking system is best there is against them.
Arrows have held the Sea Robbers 0-0 in a Premiership on Wednesday night. Steve Komphela’s men frustrated the Pirates and their attack. It all ended square at the Orlando Stadium. The former Kaizer Chiefs mentor believes that it was very unwise to head in the game with such talented side while only playing in the front foot. After the game, he commented that everything was very tactical. He said that they were controlling the game and Pirates did not like it.
He explained that when you are going against a sumo fighter of 150kg, you can’t just go and attack him. You need to invent a new strategy and lure him in. While at first, the title might ring to you as an insult, this was not the intention of the Arrows coach.
He says they needed to deny any speed to utilise and no space in advance in order to succeed. There was a lot of work that Arrows needed to do and their strategy was indeed a great one. They certainly spent a lot of energy and certainly made for a great game to watch. Unfortunately, they didn’t score any goals but they were on a great path to do so.
Radebe on improving soccer in SA schools
South African football legend Lucas Radebe stated his last thoughts on improving soccer in schools of South Africa. He thinks that it is a huge investment to make school soccer on par with school rugby in the entire country. This gap between the two sporting codes is currently in extremes in terms of development and infrastructure as well.
On the whole, Radebe believes that it needs a lot of work to change the structures of this matter – soccer needs to be rethought. Rugby births new stars every year while soccer is left behind. In his opinion, ex-players should engage to make a difference in school soccer together with the help of the South African Football Association (SAFA).
Of course, it is clear that football starts at school and in the townships and not everyone wants to coach at a high level and be involved in that. There are many more issues also with discrediting the footballers when they retire. – says Radebe.
In general, if the children get enough attention and investment from South Africas football body, they will be able to finally flourish. Every talent started small so who knows what kind of stars could be born from this.