Giants will pay for being cheap



July 5, 2017
Giants will pay for being cheap

WON'T BUC TREND: Thamsanqa Sangweni

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are expected to be the big spenders in this transfer market.

The window officially opened on Monday and both have already made moves.

But excuse me for being a bietjie underwhelmed.

Pirates signed midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni from Chippa United.

I suppose we should have expected a signing from the Chilli Boys and it won’t be a surprise when they bring in a player from Golden Arrows either.

Bucs were savage in their move for the central midfielder, stealing him from under the noses of Wits where he had been training for the past week.

But given they conceded six goals on two separate occasions in the league for the first time in their history, I would have thought it’s obvious that the backline should get attention first.

They have since confirmed Thanda Royal Zulu defender Innocent Maela will sign, but really?

A club of Pirates’ stature should be signing the best of the best, not a player from the NFD.

No disrespect to him at all but I just wonder what the strategy is here.

The quality of players at the club is not what it used to be and I am expecting a big statement after they failed for the first time ever to make the top eight.

But right now it’s not looking like the spending spree we are all waiting for is going to materialise.

Chiefs, meanwhile, have gone to their favourite supermarket, Zimbabwe, to sign Teenage Hadebe from Chicken Inn.

You can bet your house on Amakhosi signing a player from Zim almost.

Then Philani Zulu from Maritzburg United has also joined.

Again, I’m far from impressed and I don’t really understand the strategy.

I’m as baffled as when they signed Bongani Ndulula from then-relegated AmaZulu.

Chiefs need players and if this is how they start off in the transfer window I’m sure I’m not the only one that fears for next season.

Unfortunately, the coaches become scapegoats and nothing ever changes. But I feel like this is the time where the Soweto giants need to flex their power and seriously rebuild.

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