PSL transfer news: What went down on deadline day
JOHANNESBURG – By the time the mid-season PSL transfer window closed at midnight on Tuesday, a substantial amount of business had been conducted by nearly all 16 clubs.
There has been a growing sense of optimism in the Ajax Cape Town camp over the last few months and they’ll be hoping that their new signings help the team continue its upward trajectory after what was a poor start to the season.
Midfielder Sameegh Doutie has returned for a second spell, while Platinum Stars central defender Isaac Nhlapo has also penned a pre-contract deal and will join the club after the season and could be a potential replacement should Rivaldo Coetzee leave for Europe.
The club also signed are two attack-minded Zambian midfielders – Rodrick Kabwe and Aubrey Funga, as well as right-back Rheece Evans, who was on Mamelodi Sundowns’ books.
PSL rookies Baroka FC have been especially busy in January as the Limpopo club tries to plot a way to climb off the foot of the table.
Bakgaga’s new acquisitions reportedly include: Highlands Park winger Jose Garcia, ex-Bloemfontein Celtic marksman Helder Pelembe, ex-Orlando Pirates striker Siphamandla Sangweni, Botswana international midfielder Mpho Kgaswane, former Moroka Swallows winger Mxolisi Kunene, Garankuwa United midfielder Sindo Letsoalo, Maboke Matlakala from FC Cape Town, Mamphise Moremi and Thapelo Maleka from Boyne Tigers, as well as two goalkeepers in Black Leopards’ Tshinuna Abashoni and Alexandra United’s Ayanda Dlamini.
Contrary to earlier reports, Ugandan forward duo Geofrey Massa and Khalid Aucho are expected to remain with the club.
Title hopefuls Bidvest Wits have added experience and steel to the middle of the park with the signing of former Ajax holding midfielder Granwald Scott, who joins Gavin Hunt’s side as a free agent from SK Slovan Bratislava.
Free State Stars defender Thato Thlone has signed a pre-contract and will join at the end of the season. England-born striker James Keene has meanwhile been registered for the remainder of the season after having missed the first half of the campaign through injury.
Bloemfontein Celtic have yet to make any notable signings after they elected not to make an offer for Kaizer Chiefs striker Siphelele Mthembu, who spent a couple of weeks on trial with the Free State outfit.
Cape Town City are not resting on their laurels after a bright start to their first season in the top flight and Eric Tinkler’s team have confirmed several new arrivals. former Orlando Pirates striker Letsi Koapeng has signed on from Stellenbosch FC, midfielder Siyabonga Dubula has joined from FC Cape Town, defender Raphael Georgiades has bee promoted from youth team, and Mozambique international defender Edmilson Dove has also come on board.