With the Siya crew informed that Kaizer Chiefs have recalled three players initially sent out on loan, we look at what impact – if any – they had at Swallows FC.
Unable to register new players until July 2021 following the FIFA ban, which was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last month, Amakhosi have had to look to their development graduates.
Ayanda Rorwana, Sizwe Twala and Itumeleng Shopane were all promoted to the senior team in recent years and sent to the Dube Birds for regular game time.
Given Thibedi was also part of the loan army, but Siya sources have informed the crew that he will not be returning to Naturena.
His spell at Swallows in the GladAfrica Championship was perhaps a mixed bag in the sense that his four matches all season is probably more than what he would have managed at Chiefs had he not gone out on loan.
But with injuries, suspension and no reinforcements, Gavin Hunt will have to look to him as an option to keep the likes of Willard Katsande, Kearyn Baccus, Anthony Akumu and Siphelele Ntshangase on their toes.
Promoted to the Amakhosi senior team by ex-coach Ernst Middendorp after his prowess in the MDC league, Twala might have felt his career stalled a little bit at Swallows.
Only five appearances to his name last season in the lower division and none so far since promotion to the topflight. But, again, Chiefs are thin and Hunt has no choice but to throw him in at the deep end.
Considered a key player Swallows in their quest for promotion, Shopane managed six goals from 18 matches in the previous campaign.
That will come in hand – Chiefs have not scored in four of their last six games with Khama Billiat, Leonardo Castro, Lazarous all firing blanks and Samir Nurkovic, last season’s top goal scorer, still out injured.
Shopane could be useful, though he had not yet made the match day squad at Swallows before being recalled.
Hunt will have to rely on these players to boost his squad...