Jayiya gets dream Chiefs move as Usuthu re­turn to PSL

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MAZOLA MOLEFE

KAIZER Chiefs have con­firmed winger Bhon­gol­wethu Jayiya as their third sign­ing this week, the 27-year-old ar­riv­ing as a free agent after he’d de­cided not to re­new his con­tract with Cape Town City.

He joins Chicken Inn de­fender Teenage Hadebe and Phi­lani Zulu from Mar­itzburg United as the play­ers Amakhosi have signed so far dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow. Jayiya fea­tured in 24 league matches for City and scored five times for the Mother City out­fit.

“I heard about the in­ter­est from Chiefs to­wards the end of my con­tract at City last sea­son,” the player, who com­mit­ted to a three-year con­tract, said in a state­ment.

“This is a child­hood dream be­com­ing a re­al­ity. I am ex­cited about this move and just want to get onto the pitch and let my feet do the talk­ing. I am here to as­sist to bring back the glory days.”

Mean­while, the Premier Soc­cer League ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee yes­ter­day rub­ber-stamped the sale of newly pro­moted Thanda Royal Zulu’s fran­chise to AmaZulu, who were rel­e­gated to the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion three sea­sons ago.

The two clubs had agreed on the sale sev­eral weeks ago but were await­ing ap­proval from the PSL Exco, who met a week ago but could not rat­ify the ar­range­ment at the time, although this was only a for­mal­ity. Thanda and AmaZulu still had a few out­stand­ing is­sues, but there was no clar­ity as to what that was.

The amount AmaZulu paid is be­lieved to be in the re­gion of R40-mil­lion and Thanda’s in­ten­tions to sell be­came clear shortly fol­low­ing their pro­mo­tion to the elite league, with chair­man Pierre Del­vaux claim­ing that they could not keep up with the fi­nan­cial costs of run­ning a foot­ball club.

“The club for­merly known as Thanda Royal Zulu will cam­paign in the Premier Di­vi­sion of the league un­der the name AmaZulu Foot­ball Club and be lo­cated in Dur­ban. Richards Bay Foot­ball Club will cam­paign in the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion and be lo­cated in Richards Bay,” read the state­ment from the league late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. @su­per­journo

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