Real Kings sign Mxolisi Sibanyoni, assess Sphesihle Nzimande and Reabetsoe Rakoti, release 11 players
Posted: 17 January 2017 Time: 21:16
National First Division newcomers Real Kings have signed MultiChoice Diski Challenge product Mxolisi Sibanyoni and parted ways with 11 players in the January transfer window.
Sibanyoni came through Kaizer Chiefs' development according to Kings coach Simo Dladla, who is currently assessing former Polokwane City and AmaZulu striker Sphesihle Nzimande, and ex-Free State Stars defender Reabetsoe Rakoti.
Dladla is also keen to secure a loan return for Platinum Stars attacker Thobani Kunene.
When it comes to exits, Siyanda Masango, Lungelo Zondi, Sbonelo Khuboni, Sbonelo Mncwabe, Thokozani Ngubani, Petsana Mahlatsi and Bridget Mothwa have all been released. Lungelo Mbokazi has been farmed out to a Cape team in the ABC Motsepe League, twins Philani and Phumlani Gumede saw their contracts expire, while Simphiwe Mkhwanazi quit the club afer receiving a lucrative offer from an unnamed side in China.
Dladla, who previously played for Manning Rangers and AmaZulu as well as in Cyprus, says the NFD's U-23 rule played a role in the exodus of personnel.
"We started the season where we had so many players. We had a duty to cut the squad and also to ensure that our training sessions are more structured," Dladla tells KickOff.com.
"I wanted to give a chance to the players that promoted the team and to see if they can adjust to the conditions and new levels in the NFD. It was long overdue, we had a big squad and it wasn’t manageable. Also the age limit. As you know in the NFD there’s an U-23 rule so we want to adjust and fit in to that bracket, and strike a balance in terms of positions within the club."
He also provided information on Sibanyoni and more potential recruits.
"I’m currently assessing Reabetsoe Rakoti, who was released by Free State Stars and I’m also assessing Sphesihle Nzimande, who was released by AmaZulu.
"But I have signed Sibanyosi who's currently from the development of Kaizer Chiefs. I’m trying to pull out all the stops to get Thobani Kunene from Platinum Stars back on loan until the end of the season. Remember he left us at the start of this season to Stars after scoring 31 goals last season. We are trying to have him for the next six months.
"As I have said to you, I’m trying to strike a balance with the age and positions. As a result I had to part ways with those players, most of which are over age."
Kings are 11th on the log with 18 points from 15 matches, and will resume their campaign at home against FC Cape Town at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on February 11.