Switch­ing al­le­giances

Kick Off - - FEATURE -

Ge­orge Lebese’s move from Kaizer Chiefs to Mamelodi Sundowns might have caught many fans by sur­prise, but the mid­fielder is one of many play­ers who crossed the floor be­tween the two sides. In the NSL era, the likes of Don­ald“Ace” Khuse, Jo­hannes“Bricks” Mu­dau, Eric Septem­ber and Jan“Malombo” Lech­aba moved from Sundowns to Chiefs, and vice versa. Kick Off’s Zola Doda notes the deals that took place dur­ing the PSL era. Sundowns to Chiefs Martin Zwane (De­fender)

The late Martin Zwane started his ca­reer with Wits Univer­sity be­fore ris­ing to promi­nence at Sundowns. When former Masan­dawana coach Stan­ley ‘Screamer’ Tsha­bal­ala joined Chiefs as gen­eral man­ager in 1997/98, it didn’t come as a sur­prise when he rec­om­mended Zwane to Amakhosi.

Fabian Mc­Carthy (De­fender)

Fabian Mc­Carthy made his name at Bloem­fontein Celtic un­der the late April ‘Styles’ Phumo be­fore join­ing Sundowns. At Sundowns, he was in the team that reached the 2001 CAF Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, which they lost 3-1 on ag­gre­gate to Al Ahly, be­fore head­ing south to Na­turena two years later.

Josta Dladla (For­ward)

To­wards the end of his time with Sundowns, Josta Dladla had a dif­fi­cult time with the club sup­port­ers who of­ten booed him. The mid­fielder then moved to Na­turena in a swap deal with Thuso Phala res­ur­rected his ca­reer.

Jose Tor­re­alba (For­ward)

“El Buda” was a key player at Sundowns, hav­ing joined in 2005. But the Venezue­lan in­ter­na­tional left Chloorkop in ac­ri­mo­nious cir­cum­stances after the PSL DRC ruled that his con­tract with the Brazil­ians had come to an end. The striker left Chiefs in Jan­uary 2011 after fail­ing to win a reg­u­lar place un­der Vladimir Ver­me­zovic.

Katlego Mphela (For­ward)

After two suc­cess­ful sea­sons with Su­per­Sport United, Katlego Mphela joined Sundowns in 2008 where he be­came a hero with the club sup­port­ers. When Pitso Mosi­mane joined as coach in De­cem­ber 2012, he re­united with his former Su­per­Sport United and Bafana player. But the ‘bro­mance’ didn’t last as Mphela fell down the peck­ing or­der, join­ing ri­vals Chiefs dur­ing the 2014/15 sea­son in search of more game-time.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele (De­fender)

After a suc­cess­ful sea­son with Sundowns where he won the League and Telkom Knock­out, Mphahlele did not re­new his con­tract and de­cided to join Chiefs in­stead. The de­fender was club cap­tain at the time when he moved from Chloorkop to Na­turena, and has been a reg­u­lar in the gold and black since.

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