OPINION: These ten players must move on to revive their careers
Posted: 13 July 2017 Time: 15:33
Quite a number of promising players in the PSL are struggling for regular game-time while others have regressed after joining a big club. KickOff.com looks at 10 players who need a career saving move.
Gladwin Shitolo (Orlando Pirates)
Returned from a successful loan spell at Golden Arrows at the start of last season, but was unable to break into the Orlando Pirates starting line-up. He’d be better off at another club.
Phumlani Ntshangase (Bidvest Wits)
Named Young Footballer of the Season in 2014/2015, Ntshangase could only make eight starts in the league last season. Coach Gavin Hunt preferred the likes of Granwald Scott, Thabang Monare and Ben Motshwari in midfield. He’ll probably see less game-time with Wits signing more midfielders.
Sibusiso Kumalo (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Tipped to be a future star during his days at Moroka Swallows, Kumalo rushed to make a move to a big team. Since his move to Sundowns in 2013, Kumalo has been loaned out or has been in the club’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge side. It’s time he found a home where he can fulfil his potential.
Thabo Qalinge (Orlando Pirates)
“Section 10” has regressed since joining the Buccaneers from Mpumalanga Black Aces. Qalinge apparently wanted to join Kaizer Chiefs, but ended up moving to Amakhosi’s arch-rivals. He’s been reduced to a benchwarmer and must find a new home.
Morne Nel (SuperSport United)
The promising Matsatsantsa midfielder has little chance of getting ahead of Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Cole Alexander and Teboho Mokoena in central midfield. A club like Ajax Cape Town would suit him.
Siyanda Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)
With Thapelo Morena, Anele Ngcongca and Asavela Mbekile battling for a spot at right-back, Zwane’s chances of playing regularly are slim. Pitso Mosimane always urges players to be patient, but would Zwane be willing to go through another season without game-time? Probably not.
Thabiso Kutumela (Orlando Pirates)
The 2015/2016 National First Division top scorer is a forgotten hero. He should have stayed with Baroka after the club won promotion, to gain some experience in the topflight. But he chose to join a big club like Pirates. Perhaps a loan move could help get his career back on track.
Vincent Pule (Bidvest Wits)
The promising left winger is playing for a club that is attracting big-name players, so what are the chances of playing regularly? He could also do with a loan move, just to show how talented he is.
Lucky Baloyi (unattached)
Released by Amakhosi at the end of the 2016/2017 campaign, Baloyi needs an opportunity to show that he can be a top midfielder. He is relying on his agent to get him a move before the season starts.
Sello Japhta (Chippa United)
Spent just half a season at Pirates after joining them from Free State Stars. Japhta made a move to Chippa, where he only made two starts. A move back to Ea Lla Koto would not be such a bad idea.