Absa Premiership

Soccer's transfer window: See who went where

2018-02-04 06:09
Jeremy Brockie (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Shock moves and unexpected deals were rumoured and mulled over during soccer's recent transfer window period, but nothing extraordinary happened in the end.

One of the most anticipated moves did not take place as Khama Billiat stayed put at Mamelodi Sundowns, meaning he could leave as a free agent at the end of the season when his contract expires - unless he decides to extend it. Percy Tau will also finish this season with the Brazilians.

Thabo Nthethe was also expected to move during this period, but he is still stuck at Chloorkop, where he has hardly played this season. With his contract coming to an end in June, he will be free to join any team of his choice - for free.

This transfer period rarely produces shocks as it is mostly intended to introduce stopgap measures. All clubs but Bidvest Wits panicked and showed desperation midway through the season. They signed six new players and recalled two from loan spells.

Baroka FC made the least signings, with Khutso Mohwatseleng joining from ABC Motsepe League side Baberwa FC.

Normally, most signings in this period tend to be risky because players take time to adapt to their new clubs, but this has not been the case. Most of the new players hit the ground running as they helped their clubs to victory in their maiden games.

The period saw three former Premier Soccer League players returning home after stints outside the
country.

Former Orlando Pirates players Edwin Gyimah and Tendai Ndoro made a welcome return to the league that made them who they are. But they did not go back to where they used to woo supporters. Instead, they joined Bidvest Wits and Ajax Cape Town, respectively.

Another returnee is former Kaizer Chiefs striker Matthew Rusike, who is now in the books of Cape Town City after his movement on the final day of registration.

This was a time to bolster teams where it was necessary, and clubs obliged as they were eager to augment their teams and sign that all-important player, or what they thought was the missing piece of the puzzle.

Judging by the player movements, it is apparent that many clubs felt they needed firepower up front.

Almost all sides registered a front man - from Leonardo Castro and Jeremy Brockie to Evans Rusike, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Augustine Mulenga, Camaldine Abraw and Dominic Chungwa.

Castro was an instant hit with the supporters after his goal on debut helped Amakhosi beat Baroka FC for the first time in the teams’ clash history.

The Colombian was not the only player to achieve this status, though - Ndoro found the back of the net for Ajax in his first game and so did Linda Mntambo at Chippa United.

Yannick Zakri started his stint at Ajax, where he is on loan from Sundowns, on a high note after scoring two goals on his debut against Pirates.

Gyimah’s arrival at Bidvest Wits seems to have stabilised the side. Since his move, the Students have won three matches and drawn one - before last night’s game against Chiefs.

After the Students scored only seven goals in the opening 15 games, coach Gavin Hunt had to bring in strikers. He went for Majoro and Thobani Mncwango from Cape Town City and Polokwane City, respectively.

Despite failing to find the back of the net, Majoro has been impressive and his off-the-ball movements have helped to unsettle defenders.

Struggling SuperSport United had to react after losing Brockie to neighbours Sundowns and they picked up the much sought after Evans Rusike from Maritzburg United.

With eight arrivals - three of whom are on loan - Platinum Stars were not left behind. Defender Ayanda Gcaba and winger Riyaad Norodien will spend the next four months with their former coach Roger De Sa, who is fighting to rescue the team from relegation.

The new club owners are hoping that he keeps them from falling away from the league.

Only at the end of May, when the last ball has been kicked, will clubs know if they made the right business deals or if it was money down the drain.

Read more on:    absa premiership  |  soccer

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Fixtures
Saturday, 03 August 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v Stellenbosch, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Cape Town City, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Bloemfontein Celtic, Orlando Stadium 18:00
AmaZulu v Wits, King Zwelithini Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 04 August 2019
Highlands Park v Kaizer Chiefs, Makhulong Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Black Leopards v Polokwane City, Thohoyandou Stadium 15:00
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Wits v Baroka FC, Bidvest Stadium 19:30
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.