No ‘wow’ signings for Kaizer Chiefs
Ever since Amakhosi football manager Bobby Motaung alluded to the possibility of bringing in one or two more players following the unveiling of eight back in July, the Khosi faithful have remained ever hopeful that something exciting could happen before Wednesday’s deadline.
But only Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan was brought in as Zimbabwean defender Teenage Hadebe came for trials but was not brought on board. Motaung clearly saw no further more value in the free market and was content with his concluded business.
Bobby was not spotted at the PSL offices on Wednesday night nor did any further business get done at Naturena, bringing a disappointing end to another underwhelming transfer window for the country’s most popular club, which is under significant pressure to deliver some success this season.
Meanwhile, Chiefs’ traditional rivals continued to strengthen their squads – particularly Mamelodi Sundowns, who beat Amakhosi to a hat-trick of signatures in Sibusiso Vilakazi, Thapelo Morena andAnele Ngcongca – while Orlando Pirates brought in several players earlier in the window but also slowed down towards the end.
Bidvest Wits got Cuthbert Malajila and Mogakolodi Ngele in exchange for Vilakazi, brought back Sifiso Myeni and also signed – amongst several others – Gabadinho Mhango, Xola Mlambo and Darren Keet.
SuperSport United rubbed more salt into the Chiefs wounds when they unveiled the Glamour Boys’ former Player of the Season, ever-reliable centre-back Tefu Mashamaite, following his overseas spell with Swedish side BK Hacken.
Mashamaite must remind Chiefs fans of a recent, happier time when they were winning trophies and breaking records, so to see ‘Masha’ reunite with the coach who brought that success in Stuart Baxter – only now in the blue and white of Matsatsantsa – must have been a bitter pill to swallow.
Chiefs’ new players are ex-Sundowns captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Sibusiso Khumalo, Keagan Buchanan, Enocent Mkhabela, Edmore Chirambadare, Mitchell Katsvairo, Lewis Macha, Moon and promoted youngster Emmanuel Letlotlo.
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