Top 10 sign­ings that stole the lime­light in Pre­mier­ship stage

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As the sea­son comes to an end, there have been some top sign­ings that made a huge im­pact in their clubs.

looks at the top 10 best sign­ings:

Tal­ent Chawapiwa (Baroka FC)

The Zim­bab­wean has proven him­self to be one of the “finds” of the sea­son af­ter join­ing from FC Plat­inum from his coun­try. The 25-year-old has be­come one of the most valu­able play­ers for his club and is now a wanted man by the big guns in the PSL.

Siyanda Xulu (Mar­itzburg United)

The well-trav­elled de­fender has res­ur­rected his ca­reer at the KwaZulu-Natal club af­ter spells at FC Ros­tov (Rus­sia) and Kaizer Chiefs. Xulu, 26, has missed only one game this sea­son af­ter 29 league ap­pear­ances and eight cup games.

Taariq Fielies (Cape Town City)

The for­mer Mi­lano United de­fender has been a pil­lar for coach Benni Mc­Carthy’s defence. The 25-year-old has only missed three league games for the Cit­i­zens.

Mh­lengi Cele (AmaZulu)

At 31, Cele arrived at Usuthu from Chippa United to in­ject some en­ergy into the at­tack. He scored seven league goals and two in cup games.

Gas­ton Sirino (Mamelodi Sun­downs)

De­spite ar­riv­ing in Jan­uary, Sirino has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of fans with his sub­lime skills and trick­ery on the ball. He has had the big­gest im­pact of the Sun­downs’ sign­ings in the past sea­son – mak­ing 16 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions de­spite scor­ing a sin­gle goal.

Musa Ny­atama (Or­lando Pirates)

With 27 league ap­pear­ances, the mid­fielder was an in­stru­men­tal fig­ure in the Buc­ca­neers’ near-miss ti­tle chal­lenge. No other Bucs player fea­tured in more games as the team fin­ished sec­ond in the league and qual­i­fied for the CAF Cham­pi­ons League.

Justin Shonga (Or­lando Pirates)

The Zam­bian striker proved to be the goal-poacher the team has been long­ing for af­ter join­ing from Nk­wazi FC. In 19 league games he scored four goals and pro­vided six as­sists.

Riyaad Noro­dien (Plat­inum Stars)

The on-loan winger from Pirates stood head and shoul­ders above his strug­gling team­mates at Dik­wena.

Noro­dien scored three goals in 10 games since join­ing the North West-based in Jan­uary. Noro­dien could yet still in­spire them to sur­vival in the pro­mo­tion/rel­e­ga­tion play-offs.

Gift Mo­tupa (Baroka FC)

It was partly thanks to his per­for­mances that Baroka were Fri­day May 18 2018 top of the ta­ble for seven weeks ear­lier in the sea­son. Mo­tupa bagged nine league goals in 22 games dur­ing his loan spell from the Sea Robbers.

Siphelele Mthembu (Free State Stars)

His first sea­son at Stars – af­ter a poor spell at Chiefs – proves that a foot­baller can per­form if their coach plays them to their strength.

The for­mer Kaizer Chiefs player grabbed five goals in all com­pe­ti­tions for Stars as they pre­pare for the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal.

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Tal­ent Chawapiwa con­trols the ball away from Reneilwe Let­sholonyane.

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