Ten footballers going for a song who could be pitch perfect
Veterans and youngsters are on the market at knock-down prices ahead of the new season
Cape Town — A number of players across SA will become free agents when their contracts expire on June 30‚ while others already without a club are ready to be snapped up ahead of the 2019/2020 Premier Soccer League.
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There is some top talent potentially available for nothing‚ with some players nearing the end of their careers and seeking one last contract‚ and others just starting out and hoping to be given another chance.
Here are 10 players on the market with no price tags.
The Bafana Bafana gloveman has decided not to renew his contract with BidVest Wits and has set his sights on a move to Europe‚ with clubs in Portugal‚ Sweden and Azerbaijan reportedly interested. The Portuguese link appears the strongest for the keeper‚ who spent five successful years in Belgium at Kortrijk.
Letlotlo was once touted as a great striker hope at Kaizer Chiefs after excelling with their reserve team‚ but a major injury in the 2016/2017 season proved a set-back and he has never quite recovered. He spent part of last season at Baroka FC‚ but did not play‚ and has now been released by AmaKhosi. Will someone take a chance on a player with obvious ability?
When Masango was excelling at Danish side Randers in the 2015/2016 season‚ it seemed he had the world at his feet with interest pouring in from bigger clubs in Europe. But after a failed bid to force a move‚ and a six-month loan spell at SuperSport United‚ his career is in tatters in what is one of the most spectacular falls from grace in SA football history.
Moon has been released by Kaizer Chiefs after finding game time hard to come by and failing to take the opportunities that did come his way. He is still a quality prospect though and needs a club where he will play most weeks in order to build experience and develop his game.
There were high hopes that Morris would be enjoying a career in Europe by now when he first burst onto the scene at Ajax Cape Town‚ but the club’s struggles and injuries have not helped his cause. He has been released from the team and already drawn some interest‚ having played in the PSL for seven seasons.
No youngster‚ but still a player with quality and immense experience‚ Nthethe is a free agent after having been released by Chippa United midway through last season‚ and then having a brief spell with Baroka FC.
Qalinge battled with injury last season‚ but had worked his way back into the first team by the end of the campaign‚ so it was something of a surprise when he was released by Orlando Pirates after five years at the club. He is still at a good age and on his day a devastating talent‚ so if he can prove his fitness he would be a good signing for most PSL clubs.
Another player reaching the end of his career‚ he is a proven goalscorer in the top flight and provides something different to many PSL strikers with his height and gangly style. He has had an impressive career and recently stated he still had “a year or two” in his legs.
Strikers with good top-flight experience are not that easy to come by and so Sekola could be an attractive target after leaving Highlands Park following the arrival of Rodney Ramagalela. A total of 23 goals in six top-flight seasons is not the most prolific record‚ but he is a strong target man who brings others into play‚ and with 14 goals in 29 games for Free State Stars in the 2014/2015 season‚ he has proven he can find the back of the net.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns defender was shown the door in January after reportedly not attending training‚ and so will have to convince any prospective employers that he is not a troublemaker. Zulu was a star at former side Platinum Stars‚ but did not break into the first team at Sundowns.