PSL big guns who failed to fire

Rep­u­ta­tions can’t guar­an­tee suc­cess

Sowetan - - Dipapadi -

Like past sea­sons, the 2017/18 PSL campaign pro­duced its heroes and ze­roes.

looks back on the big sign­ings that failed to live up to ex­pec­ta­tions

ka Mabasa Tiyani wa Steven Pien­aar [Wits]

There’s no doubt­ing Schillo’s qual­i­ties – when he was in his prime, that is – but as soon as he stepped on home soil from Eng­land, it be­came clear that he didn’t have the legs any­more. Pien­aar man­aged just 11 ap­pear­ances be­fore he was let go in Jan­uary and re­tired.

Slavko Dam­janovic [Wits]

The big Euro­pean de­fender was ear­marked for a big role in defence fol­low­ing the longterm in­jury of Buhle Mkhwanazi, who has since re­cov­ered. Like Pien­aar, his stay was cut short af­ter just six ap­pear­ances.

Lewis Macha [Baroka FC]

No doubt a flop at Kaizer Chiefs two sea­sons ago, the Lim­popo side were hop­ing things would be dif­fer­ent for him at their club. It wasn’t to be, though. With just 10 ap­pear­ances and two goals, the Zam­bian has not done enough.

Bhon­go­lethu Jayiya [Kaizer Chiefs]

Snapped up on a free trans­fer from Cape Town City, Amakhosi fans were de­lighted with the ac­qui­si­tion, but their joy was short-lived. Jayiya strug­gled to make any im­pact in his 14 ap­pear­ances.

Ge­orge Lebese [Mamelodi Sun­downs]

When he left Chiefs last year, he had been with the club for al­most a decade and a new en­vi­ron­ment pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to start over. But the truth is he has not en­deared him­self to the hearts of the Brazil­ians faith­ful. He has fea­tured 15 times, but mostly from the bench.

Tham­sanqa Sang­weni [Or­lando Pirates]

Sang­weni was ex­pected to add some steel in the mid­field of a Pirates team that was in a re­build­ing phase, but his Bucs num­bers leave a lot to be de­sired. He has only made three ap­pear­ances.

Jeremy Brockie [Sun­downs]

Brought in from Su­perS­port United in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, the New Zealan­der was ex­pected to hit the ground run­ning. He has failed to score in 13 games.

Razak Brimah [Sun­downs]

The big Ghana­ian is an­other one who has failed to im­press in five matches for Sun­downs and could be on his way out, es­pe­cially be­cause Sun­downs will need a foreign space af­ter sign­ing Tony Silva, the Guinea Bis­sau in­ter­na­tional.

Azubuike Eg­wuekwe [Su­perS­port United]

Signed at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son from Fin­nish side KuPS, the Nige­rian has strug­gled for game time with just 13 ap­pear­ances. He’s prob­a­bly liv­ing on bor­rowed time.

Brian Mwila [Plat­inum Stars]

More was ex­pected from the Zam­bian in­ter­na­tional striker when he arrived at Dik­wena, but he was on his way back home to join Build­con af­ter six games.

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