Which Club Did The Best Business In The Transfer Window?
Vote for which team did the best business in the best business during the transfer window
With the new PSL season now in full swing, we take a look at the various transfers that went through over July and August and ask you, the reader, which club you think did the best business during the recently closed window.
Many fans will be excited at the prospect of new faces in their respective teams, others may feel somewhat underwhelmed. That is why we’re asking the Soccer Laduma readers for their opinions on who the most impressive teams were in this window.
Click through the images above to see some of the best of this year’s signings and comment below to let us know which team you think did the best business.
As reported in Soccer Laduma issue number 1040’s Siya Special, Mamelodi Sundowns were the highest spenders in July and August, , spending as much as much as R16.5 million on Rivaldo Coetzee (including the swap deal for R3 million rated Mario Booysen) and George Lebese, while the fee paid for Oupa Manyisa remains unknown. They also signed goalkeeper, Brimah Razak, and striker, Thokozani Sekotlong for free, while several players such as Thela Ngobeni returned from loan spells elsewhere and others like Thendo Mukumela were promoted from the development ranks.
Orlando Pirates also had a busy transfer window, with Musa Nyatama, Wayne Sandilands (free) and Thamsanqa Sangweni joining from other clubs. Innocent Maela also returned to his parent club after his loan spells with Thanda Royal Zulu and Witbank Spurs prior to that. Promising youth team striker, Lyle Foster, was also amongst several players promoted to the senior team.
Elsewhere Kaizer Chiefs signed just four players, including Dumisani Zuma, Philani Zulu, Teenage Hadebe and Bongolethu Jayiya, with the likes of Wiseman Meyiwa and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo being promoted from the youth development ranks.
Bidvest Wits snapped up the likes of Steven Pienaar, Daylon Claasen Kobamelo Kodisang and Slavko Damjanovic on free transfers, while they paid a loan fee for Amr Gamal in a window where they, arguably, got the best value for money out of their title contenders. SuperSport United, on the other hand, only spent a figure reported to be R500 000 on Azubuike Egwuekwe, with Sifiso Myeni arriving on a loan deal and Thakasani Mbanjwa and Siyabonga Nhlapo arriving for unknown fees.
Cape Town City also pulled off several shrewd acquisitions, with Teko Modise and Lyle Lakay arriving at the team for free, while Ayanda Patosi was also brought into Benni McCarthy’s squad from Belgian club KSC Lokeren. They did lose last season’s PSL Player of the Year, Lebogang Manyama to Turkish club, Konyaspor, but they fetched a reported fee of around R10 million, which will help the club keep their books balanced and open up space for top quality acquisitions in upcoming transfer windows.
Elsewhere, Baroka’s FC capture of Siphelele Ntshangase indicated that the club will be ambitious for the upcoming season, while Maritzburg United kept hold of key players such as Deolin Mekoa, Evans Rusike and Brian Onyango and signed Siyanda Xulu, as well as international players, Yazid Atouba and Richard Ofori, even though Kurt Lentjies departed for Chippa United.
There was a lot of activity at other clubs in the window, and the number of players to come in and out, including loan deals, free transfer and promotions, is detailed below:
Polokwane City – 6 in, 6 out
Golden Arrows – 8 in, 16 out
Platinum Stars – 13 in, 12 out
Ajax Cape Town – 11 in, 11 out
Bloemfontein Celtic – 14 in, 11 out
Chippa United – 16 in, 16 out
Free State Stars – 12 in, 14 out
Baroka FC – 14 in, 14 out
AmaZulu – 17 in, 10 out
Which PSL club do you think did the best business? Vote in our poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.