Ten notable PSL transfer deals that took place this winter
Madagascan midfielder ‘Dax’, who moved from Chiefs to Black Leopards, and Kearyn Baccus, a free agent who joined Amakhosi, were some prominent signings
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) transfer window is officially shut after what has been a comparatively quiet time for player movements compared with previous years. Teams will now have to take their squads to January‚ bar perhaps some free-agent signings‚ and work with what they have.
Here are 10 interesting moves that took place during the window.
Andriamirado Andrianarimanana: Kaizer Chiefs to Black Leopards
The Madagascan midfielder “Dax” was starting to find his feet at the end of last season‚ but was released to join Black Leopards after Chiefs filled up their quota of foreign players.
It came as a disappointment to many Amakhosi fans‚ who could see the potential in the 28-year-old‚ but he can now showcase that quality in Limpopo where he is likely to get regular game time.
Kearyn Baccus: Free agent to Kaizer Chiefs
Durban-born Baccus left Australian A-League side Melbourne City at the end of last season but was considered a player of some pedigree and would likely have had some strong options to consider.
He has chosen Chiefs and has started the season well‚ standing out as a classy midfielder who can keep the side on the front foot with his obvious technical ability.
Jeremy Brockie: Mamelodi Sundowns to Maritzburg United (loan)
Things might not have worked out for Brockie at Sundowns‚ but that does not mean he is not a quality striker with bags of experience and a reputation from his SuperSport United days of being a lethal finisher in the box.
Brockie reunites with Eric Tinkler in KwaZulu-Natal and will need no motivation to get his career back on track after a difficult 18 months at Chloorkop. He is the kind of player who could transform this Maritzburg side.
Thamsanqa Gabuza: Orlando Pirates to SuperSport United
Striker Gabuza has spent much of his career getting a bad rap from fans‚ but to most of his coaches he has been a much-needed part of their side. They say strikers should be judged on goals‚ but this only tells half the story and Gabuza brings a physicality and presence to the front line that his team can exploit. Three goals in the MTN8 so far this season has also been a solid contribution on that score.
Fortune Makaringe: Maritzburg United to Orlando Pirates
Makaringe was one of the leading midfielders in the top flight last season despite the struggles of his club Maritzburg‚ and it was no surprise when he was signed by Pirates for the new campaign.
He was something of a late bloomer‚ only becoming a regular in the PSL at the age of 24‚ but will be eager to make up for lost time. The question will be whether he can adapt to the big stage‚ but he certainly has all the attributes to do so.
Mpho Makola: Orlando Pirates to Cape Town City
Benni McCarthy admits he could not believe his luck when Makola became available, having wanted to sign the veteran midfielder last season. Makola saw his opportunities limited at Pirates and made the move to Cape Town in what is likely be his final big contract‚ but where he can add some guile and experience to the midfield after the retirement of Teko Modise. He has already made a big impact.
Ryan Moon: Free agent to Stellenbosch FC
The former Bafana Bafana forward was released by Kaizer Chiefs at the end of last season and went on trial at Scottish Premier League side Hibernian‚ where he failed to pick up a deal.
Stellenbosch may be the perfect environment for him to find some form though as he is likely to get plenty of game time at a club in desperate need of goals. There he can show just why he was at one stage considered among the top striking talents in the country.
Samir Nurkovic: Komárno (Slovakia) to Kaizer Chiefs
An injury to Leonardo Castro means Nurkovic has been able to hit the ground running at Chiefs and he looks an excellent acquisition, having already shown his ability to score and create goals.
A good old-fashioned No 9‚ he can hold up the play but also looks good with the ball at his feet and has great ability in the air.
Michael Gumede: Richards Bay to Lamontville Golden Arrows
Midfielder Gumede has spent most of his career in the National First Division (NFD)‚ but for many it is surprising that it has taken so long for him to be elevated to the PSL.
He was a key part of the Thanda Royal Zulu side that stormed to the NFD title in the 2016/2017 season before they sold their status‚ and carried on that form at Richards Bay. He has averaged almost seven goals per season in his career‚ a healthy return for a player that essentially features on the wing.
Sibusiso Hlubi: Free State Stars to Polokwane City
Hlubi found form towards the end of last season with Free State Stars‚ but despite scoring for four consecutive games‚ could not keep them in the top flight.
He has been snapped up by Polokwane City and has already had an effect from his right-wing position‚ helping the Limpopo club to a solid start to the new campaign‚ which includes an MTN8 semifinal. He could be a great buy that flew under the radar for a lot of teams.