Absa Premiership

It’s time to revive their dying careers

2018-01-07 06:06
Steven Pienaar. (Supplied)

Johannesburg - Steven Pienaar will not be the only player searching for a new home after being released by Bidvest Wits.

A few other players need to think about their future and look for greener pastures after struggling for game time at their clubs.

They have less than four weeks to force moves or risk remaining stuck at clubs where they are hardly utilised.

Beginning of season

The choice is to either stay and fight for their positions or move to where they will get game time.

But after failing to command regular places at their teams in the first half of the season, what guarantees do they have that the second half will be better?

Thela Ngobeni made a huge career blunder by returning to Mamelodi Sundowns at the beginning of the season.

With three international goalkeepers in Kennedy Mweene, Denis Onyango and Razak Brimah to compete against, he should have stayed put at Free State Stars, where he was guaranteed the number one spot.

The 28-year-old helped Stars avoid relegation last season and it was surprising when he went back to Chloorkop.

Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele must also make a decision about his future with The Brazilians.

After helping the Students win their maiden league title last season, Ngele was ordered back to Sundowns at the end of his loan period.

This has hampered his progress as he hardly played this season.

Going backwards

Keagan Buchanan finds himself in the same boat at Kaizer Chiefs.

A lot was expected from the former Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder, who was given the much sought-after number 10 jersey.

Unfortunately, he did not live up to expectations whenever he got the chance.

At 25-years-old, he should be at his peak and playing regularly.

Despite showing glimpses of brilliance, striker Ryan Moon seems to be going backwards at Chiefs and has ended up featuring in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge team.

Maybe a change of scenery will do the players good.

If Pienaar believes he still has it, he must go to a team where he will add value and prove his critics wrong, otherwise he must call it a day.


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