Worst PSL transfers in 2015/16 season so far
Posted: 13 January 2016 Time: 14:50
With the January transfer window open, KickOff.com takes a look at five PSL signings that haven’t worked out so far this season.
Some significant player moves happened at the end of last season that were expected to make an impact during the 2015/16 campaign, but haven't yet born fruit.
A few players have kicked on in their careers, like Keagan Dolly at Mamelodi Sundowns (who was actually signed the season before but only started playing for the club this season), but others are wishing they'd made different decisions.
Here are our five most disappointing signings of the season so far, in no particular order.
Mpumalanga Black Aces to Orlando Pirates
The Zimbabwean striker introduced himself to the PSL loudly, plundering seven league goals for Aces during the second half of the 2013/14 season and almost joining the race for the Golden Boot.
He scored the same number of goals during a full yet more modest 2014/15 season, but his qualities in front of goal still got the attention of Pirates, who eventually landed him after a drawn-out transfer saga.
But after all the hype and all the expectations of what looked like a perfect solution to the Buccaneers’ scoring problems at the time – as well as the expectation that he would feature in their 2015 CAF Confederation Cup campaign – Ndoro was not even registered for CAF and hasn’t played much on the domestic front either, making only three league appearances.
The emergence of Thamsanqa Gabuza as Eric Tinkler’s trusted targetman can partly be blamed for Ndoro’s disappearance, but at 27 and being behind Gabuza, Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro, he must surely be considering moving on now.
AmaZulu to Kaizer Chiefs
When he signed for Chiefs there were mixed reactions. Having been a regular in Shakes Mashaba’s earlier Bafana Bafana teams, he was either going to be a shrewd bargain coming from AmaZulu or a Bobby Motaung faux par.
Truth is, the jury is still out on that because he’s hardly got a sniff of the glamour that comes with playing for Chiefs, spending most of his time playing for their reserves.
The man who put the official middle name of ‘Drogba’ on his ID document is not living up to it at the moment, and sits behind Camaldine Abraw, Bernard Parker, Siphelele Mthembu, Edward Manqele and even George Maluleka in Steve Komphela’s striking pecking order, and David Zulu has been injured.
Free agent to SuperSport United
It made logical sense when he joined Matsatsantsa – where he captained the club to three league titles in a row – as a free agent at the start of the season after leaving Tottenham Hotspur without kicking a ball at White Hart Lane.
Linking up once again with Gordon Igesund, who for a time made Khumalo his regular Bafana Bafana captain when he was in charge of the national team, it seemed right.
But it went wrong for Khumalo, who started eight times as SuperSport made their worst start to a season ever, and he even fell behind youngster Denwin Farmer in the centre-back pecking order.
With Clayton Daniels and Michael Boxall cementing their positions, there was not much choice for Khumalo but to join Bidvest Wits during this January window.
Could he still justify his return to the PSL and help the Clever Boys win their first ever league title under a coach he knows well in Gavin Hunt? No reason why not.
Thanda Royal Zulu to SuperSport United
Not a promising youngster anymore but having hit 22 goals in the NFD last season, the 26-year-old was bound to be snapped up by a Premiership team.
That happened, but unfortunately for the former Moroka Swallows striker he chose the wrong club.
At SuperSport he was already behind Jeremy Brockie, Kingston Nkhatha and Bradley Grobler, and he has recently watched teenager Fagrie Lakay play ahead of him as well.
Igesund is happy to let the striker go on loan so that he can get game-time, but hasn’t explained (a) why he was signed in the first place or (b) why he didn’t give him a chance in the team.
Bhengu’s chances of playing took an unrecoverable hit the longer SuperSport’s early-season slump continued, and he’s now likely to join another club on loan before he’s forgotten again.
Orlando Pirates to University of Pretoria
Another striker whose career at Pirates quickly ended, Bacela was once the hero of their 2013 CAF Champions League campaign but was not utilised on the local front.
After being released he joined Tuks, and to date it’s been disappointing.
Sammy Troughton’s side have scored just six goals in 12 league matches, and Bacela got only one of those. As a striker signed to score goals, he’s not done the job, even though it was his knock-down that set up a vital winning goal in their last game against Jomo Cosmos.
However, a couple of goals against his former club in tonight’s Absa Premiership match would be a good start as he looks to assert himself and help Tuks move away from the bottom of the table.
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