SA’s most wanted​

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June 28, 2017
SA’s most wanted​

A LEGEND RETURNS: Veteran Steven Pienaar

Off-season transfers to be like Wild West

The transfer window officially opens on Saturday en dan gaan die poppe dans.

There are already a few big moves planned behind the scenes, but for now of course they are only rumours.

A couple of free agents have signed, Ayanda Patosi moving to Cape Town City for example, but the real drama will only start this weekend.

And I have a feeling there will be more twists than a soap opera.

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are going to have to spend in this transfer window, there’s no doubt about that.

It’s only the second time in the history of South African football that both Soweto giants have ended the season without a trophy of some sorts.

And Pirates’ embarrassment in the Nedbank Cup final will have convinced “Iron Duke” Irvin Khoza, if he needed any further proof, that his squad needs a complete transformation.

So here are some of the big transfer rumours doing the rounds and a few things a little birdie or two may have told me.

 Steven Pienaar

Schillo is back in South 

Africa and has made it very clear he wants to play a season or two at home. 

And why not? He spent a lot of time on the fringes in recent years and he’s already made his fortune. Why not come and be a legend in the PSL? 

Benni McCarthy showed them all the way and I expect Schillo to also make his mark.

From what I’ve heard, he may likely end up at the Buccaneers. 

Rumour has it he loves the team, the question is whether they can afford him or not as they need a lot more to save the mighty Pirates than just one player.

Rivaldo Coetzee

The Bafana Bafana defender will be hot property in this transfer window with a number of clubs including Pirates supposedly interested.

Let me just say that almost every player is going to be linked with Pirates, so just be warned.

I wouldn’t be surprised if African champions Mamelodi Sundowns put in a big bid for the Ajax Cape Town star.

Their problems in the middle of defence have been very well documented and they’ve struggled there a lot this season with Wayne Arendse out and Bangaly Soumahoro, Thabo Nthethe and the rest taking turns in the sick bay.

It would be a great move for him and maybe we’ll even see an all-Cape pairing – Rivaldo and Arendse – at the heart of the Masandawana defence in future.

Jeremy Brockie

The New Zealand hitman’s future has dominated the papers in recent weeks.

He is another one being linked to Pirates – surprise, surprise – but I wouldn’t be surprised if Kaizer Chiefs try to nab him. 

Amakhosi have struggled to find a really good hitman in recent times and with Bernard Parker getting on, they would be very lucky to prize Brockie away from SuperSport United.

Lebogang Manyama

Let me make it clear that under no circumstances should Cape Town City let their talisman go.

But football is a business and I suspect a lot of clubs will come knocking for the Player of the Year favourite after the season he’s just had.

Not only has he led City from the middle of the park but he’s also led the scoring charts, finishing the season with the golden boot after 13 goals scored.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chiefs or Pirates go in for him. Amakhosi wanted him before, if you remember, so this past season will only rekindle that interest. 

Aubrey Ngoma

THE other half of the Cape Town City duo that terrorised the PSL this past season, we already know Ngoma was a target for Sundowns.

Whether they will approach him properly now when the window opens will be seen because they may have been scared off by the tapping up business that happened earlier on in the season.

Maybe champions Wits could even be interested.

Bhongolwethu Jayiya

Bongo has already confirmed he will not be signing a new deal at CTC after an impressive season with the Telkom Knockout champions.

I expect he already has something else lined up.

The rumours are his next stop is Naturena. 

But I suppose we’ll find out next week when the window is officially open, but it does seem that the attacking midfielder will be in Johannesburg in the future.

Conclusion

There are plenty of other  players rumoured to be on the move in the next few weeks. 

Lyle Lakay, for example, has been seen out and about in Cape Town and apparently handed in a transfer request to Bloem Celtic, so who knows if he is coming home.

Another Cape Town star being linked with a move away from his current club is Maritzburg United captain Kurt Lentjies.

But I suspect there is an even bigger surprise coming… one of our overseas-based stars may just be coming back to Mzansi in this transfer window. 

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