Was on hand to capture all the movement
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.
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