Bafana star's move confirmed

2011-02-16 08:01

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana and Fulham midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi will join English Championship side Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old had played just four minutes for Mark Hughes' side this season after moving to London in August 2009.

But with Dikgacoi not even on the bench for the derby with Chelsea on Monday, his agent Mike Makaab told that the deal to join south Londoners Palace will be announced on Wednesday.

"We hope that by tomorrow it will all be done," he admitted.

"I wouldn't like to elaborate at the moment but we're pleased to have given KG a chance to play some matches."

Crystal Palace coach Dougie Freedman is understood to have enquired about taking the former Golden Arrows captain on loan last month and the opening of the loan window last week has set the move in motion.

On Tuesday lunchtime, Palace owner Steve Parrish tweeted 'Finalising a loan as we speak' and Makaab confirmed that Dikgacoi's representatives were at Selhurst Park that day to discuss personal terms.

Dikgacoi will join a club struggling for survival in English football's second tier after going into administration last year.

'The Eagles' are currently three points clear of the drop zone having appointed former playing legend Freedman to take over from ex-Scotland boss George Burley in January.

Dikgacoi is expected to be in contention to play in Saturday's crucial home match against relegation rivals Sheffield United.


  • myjdjames - 2011-02-16 08:46

    nice for him to get some gametime, im happy for the move. Crystal Palace have had some notable players (Peter Taylor, Ian Wright and latest Clinton Morrisson) and maybe this could be the springboard to success.

      lucy - 2011-02-16 08:52

      I agree. We miss this guy a lot. he is hard working. Good luck KG

  • crazydude - 2011-02-16 10:09

    Glad he'll get some game time now. Much better playing in the Championship than sitting on the bench in the Premier League.

  • Ngqondi - 2011-02-16 11:38

    I have always felt there were better players in S. Africa than him. He never plays the ball forward like a Yeye or Patterson. He is slow but a good reader of the oppositions defence. lets hope his game will improve at Palace.

      Ngqondi - 2011-02-16 11:39

      Good reader of the oppositions attack, that is.

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