Floor cross­ing ga­lore in the PSL

Pre­mier­ship in merry-go-round as play­ers sign into new teams, with some re­turn­ing to clubs they graced be­fore

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

There seems to be a “free trade ex­change” be­tween Or­lando Pi­rates and Chippa United, be­cause play­ers have crossed the floor through a num­ber of sea­sons. Last sea­son, Marc van Heer­den, James Ok­wu­osa and Them­binkosi Lorch left Chippa for Pi­rates, with Menzi Ma­suku, Donald Mokon­delela, Sello Japhta and Jus­tice Cha­bal­ala go­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Be­fore then, the likes of Joseph Ma­lon­goane and Wil­liam Twala started the cross-bor­der move­ments from Gaut­eng to the Eastern Cape.

So it came as no sur­prise when goal­keeper Brighton Mh­longo and Mahlatsi Makudubela joined this grow­ing list af­ter their move from Pi­rates this week.

In ex­change, Cha­bal­ala re­turned from his loan­deal and Tham­sanqa Sang­weni has also joined the Buccaneers from the Chilly Boys.

This move should give Mh­longo a chance to re­deem him­self and fight for the Bafana jer­sey again af­ter the poor sea­son he has had at Pi­rates.

Mark Mayam­bela has also re­turned home to Chippa, two years af­ter leav­ing them.

The much-trav­elled mid­fielder joins from Ajax Cape Town. Be­fore then, he had fea­tured for Su­per­Sport United, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Pi­rates and Bloem­fontein Celtic.

Baroka FC seem to have learnt from last sea­son’s mis­takes as they have now gone for in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to bol­ster their squad.

They al­ready have Tan­za­nian de­fender Abdi Banda, Zam­bian striker Lewis Macha and Zim­bab­wean winger Tal­ent Chawapiwa on their books in a bid to im­prove on last sea­son.

Bak­gaga are re­port­edly as­sess­ing for­mer Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swal­lows mid­fielder David Mathe­bula, af­ter his con­tract with Su­per­Sport United ex­pired last month.

Af­ter parting ways with vet­eran mid­fielder Solomon Mathe, Plat­inum Stars have set their sights on Bafana Bafana mid­fielder Lehl­o­gonolo Masalesa, who has re­turned from his short stint at Greek club AEL Larissa.

Celtic have also been busy in the mar­ket fol­low­ing their near-rel­e­ga­tion ex­pe­ri­ence last sea­son. They have an­nounced the ar­rival of strik­ers Ndu­miso Mabena and Vic­tor Let­soalo from Plat­inum Stars and Baroka, re­spec­tively, while Lucky Baloyi joins from Kaizer Chiefs.

For­mer Polok­wane City mid­fielder Sipho Jem­bula has also been un­veiled as a re­cruit.

Cape Town City have also not been shy in the player mar­ket.

Fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Ayanda Patosi and Teko Modise, the Cit­i­zens have agreed on a swap deal with Celtic, which sees Given Mashikinya join Phunya Sele Sele in ex­change for fel­low mid­fielder Lyle Lakay. They also ac­quired the ser­vices of for­mer Mi­lano de­fender Taariq Fielies.

Mar­itzburg United were not to be left be­hind, and an­nounced the ar­rival of Ghana­ian goal­keeper Richard Ofori.

With sev­eral weeks still to go in the trans­fer win­dow pe­riod, clubs are ex­pected to be busy in the mar­ket af­ter as­sess­ing their squads in the pre­sea­son.

PHOTO: LEE WAR­REN / GALLO

NEW LEASE David Mathe­bula hopes to amp up his game at Baroka

PHOTO: ASHLEY VLOTMAN / GALLO

RE­TURN SOLDIER at Chippa Mark Mayam­bela is back

PHOTO: SYD­NEY SESHIBEDI / GALLO

NEW BE­GIN­NINGS new at Chippa Brighton Mh­longo is

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