The mid-season transfer window in the Premier Soccer League’s DStv Premiership has slammed shut, with fewer player moves than we have seen in previous years.
That is likely due to the uncertainty around Covid-19 and clubs needing to tighten the belt, but it doesn’t mean there weren’t some intriguing transfers. Here are 10 of the most interesting from the last month.
ABDUL AJAGUN (CAPE TOWN CITY)
Those in the know say the capture by City of Nigerian Ajagun is quite the coup given his stellar career in Europe that included Uefa Champions League football and a successful time with Greek giants Panathinaikos. He certainly has the CV to impress, and the 28-year-old playmaker should fit into the side’s attacking style.
RUSHINE DE REUCK (MAMELODI SUNDOWNS)
The fact that Sundowns can go out and buy just about anyone they want in these uncertain times shows just why you cannot look past them as DStv Premiership champions again. De Reuck is another excellent acquisition and at 25, fits into their attempts to bring down the average age of the squad. He is usually a defender but co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has hinted he could also be used in midfield.
IBRAHEEM JABAAR (STELLENBOSCH FC)
The Nigeria junior international winger has been snapped up to add some width to the Stellenbosch game and comes with a solid reputation after playing for his country at the 2019 Fifa Under-17 World Cup. He is yet another promising youngster brought into the Winelands club and looks to have an exciting future.
ZUKILE KEWUTI (AMAZULU)
Coach Benni McCarthy had spoken about wanting more energy and fighting spirit in his side and knew exactly where to look as he raided former side Cape Town City for midfielder Kewuti. It was McCarthy who handed the 25-year-old his professional bow while in charge at City, and he put him straight into the starting line-up days after his arrival in Durban on loan for the remainder of the season.
JEAN-MARC MAKUSU (ORLANDO PIRATES)
The DR Congo attacker has joined on a season-long loan from AS Vita Club with a view to beefing up the team’s chances in the Caf Confederation Cup, having gained vast experience in African club competitions. He has made a modest start to life in Soweto, though he did net his first goal in the 3-0 victory over Jwaneng Galaxy on Sunday.
TOKELO RANTIE (TTM)
Rantie played his first competitive game of football in three-and-a-half years when he featured as a substitute for TTM in their 1-0 Nedbank Cup win over SuperSport United. He will hope his many off-field issues are a thing of the past, though it will take some time for him to return to his best as he struggled with the physical exertion of the contest. But there is no doubting his quality.
THAMI SANGWENI (CHIPPA UNITED)
The midfielder makes a return to Chippa United after two previous stints and is once again reunited with coach Dan Malesela. The 31-year-old’s career had looked on the ropes when he made just two appearances all season for Maritzburg United in the 2019-20 campaign, but he has been given the chance to resurrect it in Nelson Mandela Bay.
POGISO SANOKA (TS GALAXY)
This one was a bit like a bolt from the blue, Sanoka has largely been an important figure for Maritzburg since he made his debut in the 2015/16 season and built a reputation as a reliable campaigner. But he looks to have fallen out of favour and after being released from his contract, has been snapped up by TS Galaxy.
KELETSO SIFAMA (MARITZBURG UNITED)
The young winger has been loaned out by Kaizer Chiefs to the KwaZulu-Natal club, an interesting development given you would think AmaKhosi could ill-afford to let anyone go at this stage of the campaign. At just 17, he has much to learn and a spell with the coach who gave him his professional debut last season, Ernst Middendorp, might do him the world of good.
DUSAN STEVIC (MARITZBURG UNITED)
Maritzburg United are casting their net far and wide for players. Following the arrival of German goalkeeper Marcel Engelhardt, the Team of Choice have also brought in Serbian defender Stevic. He last played for top-flight Napredak Krusevac in his homeland, but has also previously featured for FK Panserraikos in Greece and Rabotnicki Skopje in North Macedonia. He can play right-back or centre-back.© Mzansi Football