KickOff.com picks out the top 10 January transfers
Posted: 5 February 2018 Time: 15:00
Following the close of the transfer window, KickOff.com's Chad Klate picks out 10 January moves that could prove to be shrewd business.
10. Linda Mntambo
Chippa United picked up Mntambo from National First Division side Jomo Cosmos on a permanent transfer early on in January. The 28-year-old has effortlessly fitted into Teboho Moloi’s side, managing a brace on debut in a 2-0 win over AmaZulu. Moloi has done little tampering with the Chilli Boys' enterprising style of play, and bought smart in the recent window by bringing in a midfielder suited to their philosophy. Mntambo can play both out wide and in the centre of the park, bringing welcome versatility to Chippa’s attack.
9. Xola Mlambo
Orlando Pirates did some good business in bringing Mlambo aboard their ship on a permanent deal from Bidvest Wits. The attacking midfielder was groomed at Mamelodi Sundowns and made a name for himself at Chippa United before showing vast improvement under Gavin Hunt. The 26-year-old played a starring role for the Clever Boys in his first few months at the club, helping them to their MTN8 title as well as setting them off on the right foot towards a maiden league championship last season. Despite falling down the pecking order at Sturrock Park, Mlambo gained valuable experience in winning trophies, and will bring a much-needed positive mentality to the Buccaneers dressing room. A central midfield combination with the likes of Musa Nyatama or Thamsanqa Sangweni could be just as, if not more, exciting as his partnership with Thabang Monare at Wits.
8. Riyaad Norodien
Platinum Stars acquired the services of Norodien on a short-term loan deal until the end of the season from Orlando Pirates, where he was largely starved of game-time in his 18 months since his arrival from Ajax Cape Town. The 22-year-old winger showed plenty of promise when he made his PSL debut towards the end of the 2014/15 season – making six Absa Premiership appearances and scoring in the final two games of the season. Norodien has already opened his account for Dikwena, also scoring a brace on debut in Stars’ 3-3 draw with Chippa United over the weekend, and could be key to Roger de Sa’s hopes of keeping the club in the topflight with 10 games left in the campaign.
7. Mogakolodi Ngele
SuperSport United snapped up Ngele on a loan deal as part of their sale of Jeremy Brockie to Mamelodi Sundowns. The 27-year-old attacker was influential during his loan spell at Bidvest Wits last season, as they registered their first ever league triumph. ‘Tso-tso’ could well prove an asset to Eric Tinkler’s charge for a respectable finish in the league, having seen their title hopes fade after a dreadful run of 13 league games without victory. He has already gotten off the mark with a goal in his first start for SuperSport, when they ended their winless run by beating Bloemfontein Celtic 4-2 over the weekend.
6. Siphelele Ntshangase
Kaizer Chiefs finally got their man when they bought Ntshangase from Baroka during the January transfer window, after months of media speculation. The 24-year-old rose to prominence during his time with National First Division outfit Black Leopards, where he spent four seasons despite having played for Bafana Bafana in just his second season at the club. He may have had a subtle impact during his brief spell at Bakgaga, but Ntshangase’s quality is easily noticeable when in possession of the ball, even though he is yet to get a starting berth at Amakhosi. His vision for through-passes and reading of his teammates' movements already has the club’s supporters on their feet calling for him to be included in the team from the onset.
5. Leonardo Castro
Castro joined Chiefs from Mamelodi Sundowns prior to the opening of the January transfer window, sparking plenty of excitement from the Amakhosi faithful. The Colombian forward proved himself a real threat in the final third in his first season at Chloorkop, linking up with Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat to form a potent trident dubbed ‘CBD’. Castro’s experience at Sundowns includes winning the domestic league and continental championships, which will surely come in handy as Steve Komphela looks to end his wait for a first piece of silverware as a club coach.
4. Edwin Gyimah
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt did well to bring Gyimah back to the PSL, when they signed him from Swedish club Helsingborgs last month. The 26-year-old Ghanaian has developed a solid reputation in the PSL, having previously turned out for SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates. The no-nonsense holding midfielder has slotted right in at Wits, featuring in all six of their league games this year, while aiding their battle to avoid relegation. He may not have gotten onto the scoresheet, but Gyimah has done the dirty work in the centre of the park for Wits, who have looked a shadow of the championship-winning outfit they were last season.
3. Evans Rusike
SuperSport surprised many by their acquisition of Rusike from Maritzburg United, who had previously turned away interest from Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The Zimbabwean international is arguably the best replacement for the departed Jeremy Brockie the club could find in the time afforded to them. Rusike brings plenty of venom to Eric Tinkler’s attack, having scored seven goals in 17 appearances for the Team of Choice this season. The 27-year-old already showed his worth when he opened his scoring account in the 4-2 win over Celtic on Saturday, and will play a key role in Matsatsantsa’s hopes of climbing up the standings, as well as their return to the continent for this year’s CAF Confederation Cup.
2. Jeremy Brockie
Brockie was finally allowed through the exit door at SuperSport United, when Mamelodi Sundowns snatched him away just in time to get him registered for the CAF Champions League campaign this year. The New Zealand international has been one of the most consistent strikers in the PSL in recent years, boasting an average of 18 goals per year in all competitions, since his arrival in South Africa in January 2015. The 30-year-old has had a tough season since his failed move during the July/August transfer window but, now that he begins to settle at his new home, it is only a matter of time before the Kiwi striker hits a seasonal purple patch.
1. Aubrey Ngoma
Pitso Mosimane made it his mission to land Ngoma from Cape Town City, after his telling contribution in the 2016/17 season. The former Orlando Pirates winger played a pivotal role in City’s Telkom Knockout success – their maiden title in their first year of existence – and third-place finish in the league last season. In partnership with Lebogang Manyama, Ngoma was perhaps the underrated one having tallied 16 assists and seven goals in all competitions. The 28-year-old is still working his way back from a lengthy injury lay-off in the first half of the season, but is touted as a replacement to Keagan Dolly on the left flank. With Mosimane’s help, Ngoma could soon find his way into the Bafana Bafana setup and following in Dolly’s footsteps to Europe.
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