The madness of the transfer window deadline day has come and gone. But who were the biggest winners and losers?
THE BIG WINNERS!
Orlando Pirates were the biggest winners of the transfer window with the signing of Makhehlene Makhaula.
The former Amazulu FC captain and midfield workhorse joins Amabhakaniya on a one-and-a-half-year contract.
Makhaula joins the likes of Ben Motshwari, Thabang Monare, Miguel Timm, Goodman Mosele, Phillip Ndlondlo, and Fortune Makaringe in the Pirates engine room.
The competition for the starting lineup will be interesting.
Zakhele Lepasa to Supersport United.
Both Supersport United and Zakhele Lepasa are expected to benefit from Lepasa’s loan deal to Amantsantsantsa a Pitori.
Lepasa was not getting enough game time at Orlando Pirates, despite having a promising start to the season.
With Rayners gone, and Gabuza no longer part of United’s plans, Lepasa can look forward to some game time.
For Supersport United, they welcome a player who is hungry to play and eager to impress.
Don’t be surprised to see the talented, hard-running striker banging them into the back of the net like they are going out of fashion under Gavin Hunt.
What are the fans saying about Lepasa’s move?
“Good move unlike sitting on a Bench..no this team is not destroying Bafana Bafana …admin.” Sikhosana Given Bongane.
“He’s going to fit in like a glove on Gavin Hunt’s system. Hunt likes hard-running players.” Thabiso Sthabi Seeta
“Lepasa is a Gavin Hunt kind of a striker.” Kenneth Setlale
Iqraam Rayners To Stellenbosch F.C
Stellies pulled off a major coup with the signing of Rayners.
The League’s assist king ( 5 assists) joins Stellenbosch on a 2-and-a-half-year contract.
With Steve Barker’s side involved in a relegation dogfight, Rayners is a welcome addition to their striking department.
They need those assists, and goals galore.
Bongani Sam Joins Swallows F.C.
Swallows was one of the winners on transfer window deadline day.
The signing of the 25-year-old defender, Bongani Sam, from Orlando Pirates will go a long way in strengthening Ernst Middendorp’s defense as the relegation fight intensifies.
AND THE LOSERS?
Lesedi Kapinga stays at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Having reportedly requested a move away from the club, it seems like Lesedi Kapinga didn’t find any takers.
This must be disappointing for the talented midfielder who is struggling for game time at Mamelodi Sundowns.
A loan move would have done his football career a world of good, but it looks like he will have to stay and fight for his place with the Brazilians.
The 37-year-old midfielder, Mpho Makola has been released by Cape Town City and is now a free agent.
It remains to be seen whether he will find a club prepared to sign him.
Although he wasn’t getting enough game time with the Citizens, Makola is a talented midfielder still with a lot to offer, even though his age might scare potential suitors away.
Is it possible that Amakhosi might be making some major announcements today concerning new signings?
If not, then Chiefs were one of the big losers as the transfer window closed last night.
Chiefs are in desperate need of a number six, and names like Sibongiseni Mthethwa of Stellies, and Andile Jali of Sundowns were part of conversations around that Chiefs’ number six role, which left as a gaping hole when Blom left for the US.
Can we expect major surprises? We shall wait and see.