CAPE TOWN – Following the signing of Free State Stars striker Siphelele Mthembu last week, Cape Town City have brought in two up-and-coming youngsters into their squad.
South African junior internationals Keanu Cupido and Karabo Ngwenya have both signed long-term deals with City and bring the total of new arrivals at the club up to six, following the earlier acquisitions of Riyaad Norodien, Gift Links, defender Kouassi Kouadja and Mthembu.
Cupido, a 20-year-old defender who was previously at Bidvest Wits, arrives from French side Ajaccio, while Ngwenya, who will start out in City's Reserve side, is a striker. On the flip side, the Citizens saw left winger Lyle Lakay departing for Mamelodi Sundowns last week.
Meanwhile up the coast in Port Elizabeth, the Chippa United revolution apparently continues - after a spate of new arrivals over the last few weeks, the club recently announced the signing of Orlando Pirates trio Bernard Morrison, Thamsanqa Sangweni and Thabo Matlaba.
However, the Chilli Boys may have jumped the gun as Pirates have only confirmed the departure of Sangweni, with Matlaba and Morrison's moves seemingly anything but sealed.
"Let me clear the air about my move to 'Chippa'," Morrison wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. "There hasn’t been any form of proper communication between my management and chippa United so I don’t acknowledge their statements and allow me to say that’s fake news.."
In other news from the Bucs camp, second assistant coach Benson Mhlongo has left for a new adventure - the former Bafana Bafana midfielder will now be the head coach of TS Sporting, the newly-formed NFD club owned by Tim Sukazi.
Durban side Golden Arrows have also made a recent signing in the shape of Zimbabwe-born left-back Divine Lunga, who arrives from Chicken Inn. Fellow KZN outfit Maritzburg United have confirmed the arrival of 33-year-old former Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits defender Nazeer Allie, on a two-year deal.
Former PSL champions Bidvest Wits meanwhile have effectively replaced striker James Keene, who has joined SuperSport United, with 26-year-old Simon Murray from Scottish Premiership team Hibernian.
And over at Kaizer Chiefs, who have so far brought in Khama Billiat, Letlhogonolo Mirwa, Madagascar international Andriamirado Andrianarimanana and back-up goalkeeper Virgil Vries. Assistant coach Patrick Mabedi has been quoted saying that the Soweto giants are looking to sign another left-back to complete their pre-season transfer dealings.
African News Agency (ANA)