‘We shouldn’t have a January transfer window’
Posted: 2 January 2018 Time: 18:30
AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson feels the January transfer window only serves to destabilise teams, and feels there is no need for the market to be opened mid-season.
Usuthu, who bought the status of National First Division champions Thanda Royal Zulu at the start of the campaign, have endured an inconsistent first six months back in the big time, winning only three of their 13 league games so far to sit 12th on the table, just four points ahead of bottom-placed Bidvest Wits who have a game in hand.
A host of new players were brought in at the start of the season, yet with the January transfer window currently underway, coach Johnson does not feel the need to dip into the market, revealing his personal apprehension towards the mid-season window.
“I believe the transfer window creates a different aura around all teams in the world because they’ve opened this thing,” he said. “I don’t believe we should have that, as an individual, as it creates the opportunity for players to only up their game when they know they only have six months left on their contract.
“It also gives them the opportunity to give you a hard time when they have six months left on their contract and too much room to mess around, and gives the so-called agents and clubs [the chance] to destabilise one’s team. So you have all those negative impacts in your team.
“That’s my personal opinion, I don’t believe we should have the transfer window.”
When asked if he will still utilise the opportunity to bolster his squad, Johnson said he felt no need to, but says the club may make use of it if need be.
“No, I don’t think I’ll use it,” he said. “But football is football, you never know what can happen.”
AmaZulu take on eighth-placed Chippa United in their opening game of 2018, scheduled to take place at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday afternoon.