Kaizer Chiefs may very well have received a boost from a Premier Soccer League announcement made by chairman Irvin Khoza on Friday.
The league supremo confirmed that the upcoming transfer window period would run from September 22 to November 17, a period of eight weeks, and this bit of news will be welcomed at Naturena given their FIFA ban.
Chiefs were punished for the manner in which they went about signing Madagascar international ‘Dax’ from amateur club Fosa Junior FC two years ago, the world governing body slapping them with a two window transfer ban back in February.
The player, now at Black Leopards, was also handed a four months ban from football, which he has since served in full, parts of it during lockdown and the suspension of football.
Amakhosi have since appealed and have a date to learn their fate on September 9 – two weeks before the transfer window in South Africa officially opens, which means if they have the ban overturned the club has plenty of time to make signings.
It was initially thought Chiefs would almost completely miss out of registering any new players for the 2020/21 season if their appeal was heard only after the transfer window period or just a few days before it slam shut.
But Khoza’s announcement really does throw the Glamour Boys a lifeline, especially with the campaign also now set to only kick off on October 9.
However, it is not expected that Chiefs will know the outcome of the hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport immediately. It usually takes about a month for CAS to release its findings, but that is not always set in stone.
And even if that’s the case, a favourable outcome confirmed some four weeks later, Chiefs would still have until November 17 to bring in fresh faces – their targets, however, may have already been snapped up elsewhere.
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