The transfer window slammed shut on Friday afternoon, and while some outfits were able to pull off some shock results just minutes before the hour mark, some big transfers did not happen.
Today, the Fan Park crew looks at five PSL transfers that never transpired…
Patrick Phungwayo (FROM Pirates – TO Mamelodi Sundowns)
The Orlando Pirates full-back was one of three big name players said to be on Pitso Mosimane’s wish list. After having pulled out of the AFCON through injury, he had the perfect opportunity to put pen-to-paper with the Brazilians, however, no such deal happened. According to the Siya crew, negotiations may not have happened either.
Itumeleng Khune (FROM Chiefs – TO Mamelodi Sundowns & Chiefs)
Arguably one of the most interesting transfer speculations during the course of the window, talks of a move to Sundowns erupted over the course of the final few months of the year. With Spider Kid having entered into his final six months of his contract teams, particularly Sundowns, were pushing to have him on his books. He may be remaining at Chiefs for now, but with no contract extension with Amakhosi in sight, the Soweto giants can also consider his “transfer” to stay at the club permanently was also a failed attempt in a way…
Oupa Manyisa (FROM Orlando Pirates – TO Mamelodi Sundowns)
After looking at these three names, Patrice Motsepe’s team was looking destined to have the best January transfer window in the history of the PSL, however, not one deal proved fruitful. After Manyisa’ agent Thabo Moloto came out and told most media houses that ‘Manyisa will be a Sundowns player by the end of the week’, many thought the deal would transpire. However, Moloto’s credibility has been slashed as Manyisa’ failed to make the switch to Chloorkop, which would’ve made him the highest paid player in the country.
Jackson Mbokgwane (FROM Mpumalanga Black Aces – TO Orlando Pirates)
The goalkeeper had long been rumoured to arrive at Mayfair soon after the tragic and saddening passing of Senzo Meyiwa. But after being pulled away to Equatorial Guinea for the AFCON, Bucs management pounced on Siyabonga Mpontshane and secured his services from Platinum Stars instead.
Anyone to Kaizer Chiefs
Despite David Zulu having arrived at the club straight after the turn of the New Year, no other player that Kaizer Chiefs were linked to via speculation made the switch. From Moeketsi Sekola, to Sibusiso Vilakazi, Chiefs made only one real transfer coming into the club. I guess the saying goes… ‘Why break up a winning team?’
Which transfer would you have liked to have seen go through but didn’t?