DURBAN – The activity during the local League transfer window has, so far, been less than exciting but things look set for a fascinating end on deadline day, next Monday.
Most PSL clubs concluded their deals quite early but there was no real big name signings to set any tongues wagging. Prominent clubs such as Kaizer Chiefs have gone for unknown international talent. The Phefeni Boys captured the signatures of Lazarus Nkambole, James Koeti, Samir Nurkovic, Kearyn Baccus and Yagan Sasman while Sundowns acquired the services of Mauricio Affonso and Sammy Seabi.
Orlando Pirates are the only big team that have gone on a shopping spree so far. The Buccaneers added Siphesihle Ndlovu, Fortune Makaringe, Tshegofasto Mabasa, Tebogo Tlolane, Kabelo Dlamini, Gabadinho Mhango and Bongani Sam to their squad. While these players do not make the cut in the “big fish” category, there is no doubt that they are quality signings that have increased the depth in the Buccaneers’ camp.
The new boys made a serious impact in the last couple of seasons while plying their trade at clubs with modest ambitions. Pirates are a different kettle of fish though, their quality will be put to the test in a more demanding Bucs set-up.
It was an open secret that the Sea Robbers had set their sights on signing Bafana Bafana and Bidvest Wits captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo. That signing, however, has collapsed as the big centre-back has reportedly extended his contract with his club, a move that rules out the possibility of him joining Pirates.