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Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns to be busy in transfer market

Posted: 2 January 2013 Time: 08:48

The PSL transfer window swung open yesterday and clubs will now begin to beef up their ranks by acquiring players ahead of the resumption of League fixtures on 12 February. 

Defending champions Orlando Pirates will definitely add some new acquisitions as they also prepare for their 2013 CAF Champions League campaign.

“We definitely need players in all our departments and this is something we will be looking into. We have now started planning for the Champions League,” Pirates coach Roger de Sa tells KickOff.com.

Sources close to the club say Bucs are leading a three-horse race against Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns for the signature of TP Mazembe midfielder Rainford Kalaba.

Pirates might also revive their association with Malawian midfielder Josephy Kamwendo, who is eager to return to the PSL.

But De Sa is most concerned with acquiring a quality striker as veteran Benni McCarthy continues to struggle to fully recover from a hamstring injury.

And with the bulky Takesure Chinyama and Thulasizwe Mbuyane also prone to injuries, De Sa has his sights set on Zimbabwean forward Roderick Mutuma, who plays for Harare-based outfit Dynamos.

Pirates, however, are not too eager to officially reveal the players they are targeting – probably in fear of jeopardising negotiations.

“During the transfer window players will come and players will go. All this will be decided when the time is right. At the moment, it is not for me to say who is going and who will be joining us,” says Pirates spokesperson Mickey Modisane.

Meanwhile, Bloemfontein Celtic – who have offered Mutuma a trial in January – might beat the Bucs to the signature of the player if coach Clinton Larsen is satisfied with what he has to offer. Larsen is eager to sign a striker to assist Lennox Bacela, who has often carried the burden in attack.

Mamelodi Sundowns, on the other hand, are likely to offload some of their players amidst reports that club president Patrice Motsepe is concerned with the team’s huge salary bills.

Downs coach Pitso Mosimane – who since his arrival has breathed life into their dismal campaign – will have to give a report on whether or not the club should retain the services of Doctor Mampuru, Method Mwanjali, Esrom Nyandoro, Teko Modise, Richard Henyekane, Katlego Mphela and Nyasha Mushekwi, whose contracts will run out at the end of June.

“Such decisions will only be taken once the club returns back from the holidays,” says Sundowns spokesperson Kabelo Mosito.

Platinum Stars, who have been the surprise packages of the first half of the League title chase, are reportedly going to make a R2million bid to sign Celtic’s Joel Mogorosi.

Dikwena will also hope to tie down Bafana Bafana midfielder Thuso Phala, whose contract will run out at the end of the season.

Phala – who on Sunday was named in coach Gordon Igesund’s South African squad for the Africa Cup of Nations – is reportedly on the radar of his former club, Kaizer Chiefs.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:06 am
Kalaba,Kamwendo,Hammonde from TP Mazembe and Khenyeza will do for Bucs
posted: 09:09 am
Eish chiefs ka phala gape damn...they shud get OJ Mabizela & get rid of Zvayiya wateva he is damn!OJ needs 2 play 4 a big team then u'll see hes better than most of these self-injuring fongkong defenders...south africans ar so gud @ judging other people & until then we'll always slide down the world rankings!OJ's a great defender period!
East Rand
posted: 09:12 am
No story here
posted: 09:12 am
We as the khosi Fam r jst itchin to get goin in da 2nd round!!
posted: 09:13 am
"Motsepe concerned with a huge salary bill" shame his dream to conquer africa fading away
posted: 09:15 am
Phala is not an ideal player for Chiefs, but he definately is an option, we need someone on our right side who can give more penetration, I've never been convinced with Shabba on that side, Dladla's best days are definately behind him now. Masango and Nale are clearly not on Baxter's rader. I personaly would haved preferred Billiat but his contract with Ajax still has something like 18 months remaining.
posted: 09:28 am
Phala – who on Sunday was named in coach Gordon Igesund’s South African squad for the Africa Cup of Nations – is reportedly on the radar of his former club, Kaizer Chiefs.

yha nhe
posted: 09:32 am
I see the number of foreigners linked to Bucs is more than the two foreign spots available. Isaac Chansa is also reported to return to Bucs.
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 09:44 am
nd in other breaking news;
Tlou ''Cowtrain''Secowlela is expected to jet out
of the country on a donkey cart to attend trials at
bushmen fc which is located at the khalahari
posted: 09:56 am
Masuku, Makola must be released to Arrows, have not lived to expectation.

Manti must get a loan move to FSS for game time, Bibo is on form but is number 3 in that position n we stil have Okonko.

Ndulula must get a loan move to Ajax n Mabena must be given free clearance.

Chansa will be welcomed any day and Kalaba must just decide if he wants to be a winner or not.
Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 09:59 am
Rainford for Bucs. Shakira no, he had his chance, he did well and management decided to off-load him and nw they want him again, no. Khanyeza wud also be a dream cum tru for me. BT#1
posted: 10:10 am
Hy guys am new in dis site...I jst hope am asociatd wth ppl who knws soccer very well....AM THE GHOST FAN....I jst hope dis new will brng new thought and new things
De Bruin!!!
posted: 10:12 am
Kkalaba, Mokeke, Chansa, and a Quick striker from Africa will do ze job.
Release: Bester, Masuku, Mabena, Johannes, Nzunga, then we good.

I's positive Kalaba will sign with us unless he don't want to be a winner like his countrymen.
posted: 10:24 am
Was hoping to see patosi playing @ afcon.... Realy dissapointed by his injury
Lord Vincent
posted: 10:28 am
Rumors trickling on twitter are that the Kalaba case is a done deal. But it doesn't seem like he is our player. Hai we shall see!
posted: 10:29 am
Bucs mst sing a creativity midfilder lyk mashaba...its jst my opinion...
posted: 10:30 am
RDS must now understand that he is managing a BIG with all the resources necessary to attract the biggest names in African Football.

Kalaba is coming to Pirates. There is no doubt about that. Zebras and Downs are just trying their luck in case the Mighty Buccaneers lose interest just as we didn't show any interest in signing Eric Mathoho last winter.

Katlego Mphela and Richard Henyekanye are towards the end of their contract and could be persuaded to sign for other clubs. Henyekanye is similar to Tokelo Rantie and this is the type of forward we need right now. And instead of signing an unknown Zimbabwean in Mutuma, I think RDS must fish for Mphela.

Since Makola isn't living up to expectations, I really really think Joel Mogorosi should be considered, and the former should be loaned out to Celtic in that deal.

In central midfield we don't need any new acquisitions. The Joseph Kamwendo and Isaac Chansa stories false. Mere speculations.

Drogba Ndulula, Ndumiso Mabena, Rudolf Bester and Makola are the only players I want to see loaned out. These players have great potential but they need to get game time elsewhere first and come back at the end of the season full of confidence and ready to play for a big club.
posted: 10:41 am
De Bruin!!!: agree with you, Johannes wants to re-locate to CT, so its convenient for us to swap him for Mokeke.

All those who wants to win PSL championship will sign with Pirates unless they want to spend 8-12 years without championship.

I am not going to beg Kalaba to sign for Pirates, Mbesuma n Chansa have already done that.
khosi fan aka thami
posted: 10:41 am
for us khosi family khuboni mokeke billiat and mogorosi kalaba c.katongo chansa george maluleke and mor diof and also phala musona will do da job..gt rid of kastand nale nqcobo masango nkosi jr richie
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 10:50 am
Kaizer chiefs need to get Mokotjo on loan from feyenoord. Yeye is obviously goin to get injured during afcon. Currently we dont have a central midfielder that makes the team play, winning the ball,killer passes and finding space behind opposition players. Mokotjo is the only midfielder whol successfully replace yeye. Another option would be to play them together since they are capable of attacking and defending infront of the back 4. Thuso phala must not be signed, rather sign henyekane and sign him to play as a winger cum striker. Hes fast,capable of beating players, decent crosser of the ball plus our odds of scoring goals in a match will increase dramatically. mokotjo and henyekane are the only players we should definitely sign for this transfer window.
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