Wrong move, Masalesa!


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There are certainly a lot more players who have joined the 'wrong' team in the current transfer window, let alone in the past. I wish, though, that Masalesa's representatives would have dissuaded him from joining Pirates.

Don't get me wrong; Pirates is a great team, but Masalesa is a future Bafana Bafana player and, at 20, he is better off playing regular football and I don't think Pirates can offer him a starting berth at this stage.

By virtue of being a defensive midfielder, he will be up against Andile Jali, Onyekachi Okonkwo, Thandani Ntshumayelo and Manti Moholo in Bucs' defensive midfield role. So, realistically, what are his chances of being a regular? Did 'Vieira', or his agent, think about that before he signed? Did they check the list of players he will compete with?

I seriously doubt they did their homework.

So let's say he joined Kaizer Chiefs, just for argument's sake. They are also a big team, but their defensive midfield is not bloated.

He would have been a direct replacement for Tinashe Nengomasha and, sooner or later, he could have filled the void left by Nengomasha. In essence, he would stand a better chance of playing at Chiefs than at Pirates.

But now the likelihood is that he will make up the numbers at Pirates.

Masalesa's transfer is not an isolated incident, though, as there are other players who have joined badly chosen teams recently, and many in the past.

Wayne Arendse springs to mind. He signed for five years with Mamelodi Sundowns – a team with four more central defenders: Siyanda Xulu, Method Mwanjale, Clayton Daniels and Alje Schut.

He may not even see the end of his contract, because down the line he won't be satisfied merely to take his fat cheque home, he will demand some game-time, often indirectly through the media.

It is high time agents put their player's interest first when they move their players and players, too, must not just be content with the prestige of playing, make that sitting on the bench, for big teams.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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