Was on hand to cap­ture all the move­ment

Ti­mothy Molobi

CityPress - - Sport -

Those who were wait­ing with bated breath for fire­works shortly be­fore the ex­piry of the trans­fer-win­dow pe­riod were left dis­ap­pointed – no ma­jor deals were done close to the cut-off time on Fri­day. As it turned out, only a hand­ful of deals were con­cluded on the day.

Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) gen­eral man­ager of foot­ball Derek Blanck­ensee said about 20 play­ers were reg­is­tered on the day for the Absa Premier­ship and the Na­tional First Divi­sion (NFD).

Black­ensee said it was gen­er­ally a quiet day, and this was ex­pected, as most clubs do their deals in the pre­sea­son win­dow pe­riod in Au­gust.

Or­lando Pi­rates, Free State Stars and Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria were the only sides not to take ad­van­tage of the Jan­uary trans­fer pe­riod to sign on any new tal­ent ( see graphic).

Pi­rates re­leased two play­ers – Siphamandla Sang­weni and Ker­mit Eras­mus.

Sang­weni went to NFD side Baroka FC, while Eras­mus has joined French Ligue 1 side Stade Ren­nais.

It is sur­pris­ing that AmaTuks did not raid the mar­ket, es­pe­cially as they have been found par­tic­u­larly want­ing at the front.

Sun­downs have been re­united with their mid­fielder Siyab­ulela Shai, who was on loan to Mar­itzburg United.

Af­ter Fri­day’s dead­line, clubs will have to make do with the tal­ent on their ros­ter un­til the end of the sea­son. Ac­cord­ing to PSL rules, clubs can only sign play­ers who are out of con­tract.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing the first half of the sea­son with­out kick­ing the ball, Sun­downs pair Sibu­siso Ku­malo and Lin­dokuhle Mbatha will be hop­ing for a bet­ter out­ing at their new clubs.

The duo were among the dead­line reg­is­tra­tions on Fri­day af­ter­noon af­ter they signed for Jomo Cos­mos and Mpumalanga Black Aces, re­spec­tively.

Other last-minute moves in­volved Wal­ter Maponyane go­ing to Chippa United and Seun Led­waba join­ing NFD side Royal Ea­gles from Sun­downs.

The Jan­uary move­ments were not lim­ited to play­ers, as Shaun Bartlett re­placed Sammy Troughton at AmaTuks and Stu­art Bax­ter made a re­turn to the coun­try to re­place Gor­don Igesund at Su­per­Sport.

Which Absa Premier­ship club made the best sign­ing/s dur­ing the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow pe­riod?

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