Coaches wishy-washy on trans­fers

Hunt hates cut-off date, Kom­phela doesn’t mind, Tin­kler is on the fence

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MA­ZOLA MOLEFE

ALI KO’S SA: Eng­land’s Moeen Ali cel­e­brates tak­ing the wicket of Duanne Olivier to win the fourth and fi­nal Test against a limp South Africa in Manch­ester yes­ter­day. The English com­plted the Test se­ries vi­tory 3-1.

WHILE the world con­tin­ues to de­bate whether the trans­fer win­dow should be shut prior to the start of the foot­ball sea­son, three PSL coaches yes­ter­day gave con­flict­ing views when asked for their thoughts on a pe­riod aptly de­scribed as ‘silly sea­son’.

No Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion in the globe has, to date, asked – suc­cess­fully at least – the sports’ gov­ern­ing body Fifa to re­con­sider its perime­ters on the trans­fer win­dow clos­ing date of Au­gust 31, which comes into ef­fect a good few weeks af­ter clubs have played a num­ber of matches. But sev­eral coaches have in the past pub­licly said it’s dis­rup­tive, while others re­main un­con­cerned.

“I think there is enough time to get play­ers in and maybe if we pushed for the trans­fer win­dow to close ear­lier clubs will move a lot quicker,” said Gavin Hunt, coach of de­fend­ing Absa Pre­mier­ship cham­pi­ons Bid­vest Wits.

“If you have a player you are not sure about or they are not sure about their fu­ture at your club, it’s the kind of un­cer­tainty you don’t want. I know all too well that feel­ing. We sold Teko Modise on the last day when I was still with Su­perS­port United and he had been with me through­out pre-sea­son. Fifa make the rules, but if enough as­so­ci­a­tions can push for it, then it will be a good thing be­cause, for me, I would love to know my team be­fore we play our first game and not have to do a deal on Au­gust 31.”

Hunt will have a hard time con­vinc­ing his coun­ter­parts to sing from the same hymn sheet, how­ever. Steve Kom­phela, the Kaizer Chiefs coach, ar­gued that clos­ing the trans­fer win­dow early would force clubs into mak­ing hasty de­ci­sions about new re­cruits.

“I think the more time you get, it al­lows you the op­por­tu­nity to sift through and make proper de­ci­sions. There is noth­ing as bad as when you are pressed for a de­ci­sion be­cause you end up mak­ing some poor choices,” Kom­phela, ad­vo­cat­ing to main­tain the sta­tus quo, ex­plained.

“That (chang­ing the trans­fer dead­line date) would mean you need to start think­ing now about what you want for next sea­son. The logic is that when you have time, you think a lit­tle bit bet­ter. I know others will say it is af­fect­ing their busi­ness and the play­ers won’t con­cen­trate, but they have to make sure that ev­ery­one is set­tled in their camp. For us, we are happy to have it opened un­til the last day so that any­thing can hap­pen.”

Eric Tin­kler was yes­ter­day not on ei­ther side of the ex­treme views, ex­pressed by his col­leagues Hunt and Kom­phela, the re­cently ap­pointed Su­perS­port United coach say­ing he would adapt to any sce­nario.

“Most clubs would love to wrap things up early, of course. But some­times you find out about play­ers that are out of con­tract or be­ing re­leased in mid-June, then it is about the ne­go­ti­a­tions, which ob­vi­ously then takes a bit long,” Tin­kler said.

“On the other hand, if you want things to be done early it means scout­ing play­ers a lot ear­lier and ne­go­ti­at­ing a lot ear­lier. In an ideal world most coaches want to start pre-sea­son know­ing what their squad is go­ing to be. I un­der­stand the pro­cesses, but I am in­dif­fer­ent re­ally.”

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