THE BREAKDOWN: Chiefs, Pirates, Stars Or Arrows? Jayiya’s Dilemma
Which Club Should Bhongolwethu Jayiya Join?
As Bhongolwethu Jayiya’s contract at Cape Town City nears its end, we take a look at the options available to him, should he leave the club.
In Soccer Laduma issue number 1027, it was revealed that Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Platinum Stars and Golden Arrows are monitoring Jayiya’s situation, with his contract set to expire at the end of the month.
Jayiya made 24 league appearances for his current employers, scoring five goals and making one assist, which shows that he has what it takes to produce results, even when coming off the bench, as he did on several occasions for City last season.
Having failed to secure a regular starting role under Eric Tinkler, the primary concern for Jayiya would likely come down to where he’d enjoy the most playing time. Therefore, it would be wise to compare him to his potential future teammates and wherever there is a void in his suitors’ first team plans for him to slot in.
Playing off of the right wing, his competition at Chiefs would come in the form of William Twala and Joseph Malongoane. Twala made 21 appearances for Amakhosi this season, scoring one goal and making four assists, while Malongoane made 18 appearances, scored three times and made two assists in his 18 appearances for the team which occurred mostly in the second half of the season after he joined from Chippa United.
Yet, what is possibly Jayiya’s most outstanding attribute is his conversion rate and his ability to find the target. Considering his ability to score, with the fourth best conversion rate in the league of 25% and the sixth best shot accuracy of 55%, as well as Chiefs lack of a consistent goalscorer (with their highest goalscorer, Siphiwe Tshabalala scoring just two more goals than Jayiya, spending almost 500 more minutes on the pitch), the Cape Town City man could practically walk into the Amakhosi starting line-up.
At Orlando Pirates, on the other hand, Jayiya’s primary competition would be Thabo Rakhale, who failed to score in his 16 league appearances this season and only managed three assists. Alternatively, Kjell Jonevret has utilised Mpho Makola on the right at times this season, who only made four assists in 26 Absa Premiership appearances. Therefore, Jayiya would, again, face very little competition when it comes to being given game time.
One club that Jayiya may want to think twice about, however, is Golden Arrows, who currently have five right wingers on their books, all of which are under the age of 25 and could form part of the club’s long-term plans. Wade Jooste, for example, contributed towards five goals (three goals and two assists) this season, just one less than Jayiya, which means that the former Bidvest Wits man could find himself in a similar situation to the one he faced this past season, where he struggled for game time.
Meanwhile, at Platinum Stars, the only natural right-wing in Dikwena’s squad is Sipho Senne who played just 54 minutes throughout the campaign. However, Abia Nale has been playing in a wide right position regularly, making 17 appearances, scoring no goals. This seems to indicate that Rustenburg would be the ideal destination in terms of playing time.
At this point in his career, Jayiya will be looking to make the most of his prime years, at the age of 27 and therefore, it would seem that Platinum Stars are his ideal suitors in that regard. However, there could be room for him at Chiefs or Pirates and the higher level of prestige for both Sowetan giants could tempt him to try his luck.