‘Normal transfer rules’ for Pirates

Telkom Knockout

According to the Premier Soccer League, "normal transfer rules” still apply with regards to the Buccaneers acquiring another goalkeeper as back-up to Brighton Mhlongo and Philani Zikalala.

Pirates bade farewell to Meyiwa on Saturday, and while they might still be reeling at the senseless murder of their number one goalkeeper, when their minds turn to filling the huge gap left in their team, they will find little support from the League.

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PSL General Manager Derek Blanckensee says there is nothing in the rules which allows clubs to make transfers outside of the transfer window, even with respect to the death of a goalkeeper.

“Unfortunately we can’t allow a transfer to happen as the rules don’t allow it. The only way Pirates can add to their goalkeeping department is if they register a free agent or an amateur player. There are no rules which compensates for [death],” he tells KickOff.com.

As goalkeeper is a specialist position, some leagues do allow them to be replaced outside the transfer window.

In the English Premiership in 2010, Manchester City signed Sunderland’s Marton Fulop for the final three games of the season after regular keeper Shay Given was injured, as was regular back-up Stuart Taylor.

Indications are the Bucs will field Brighton Mhlongo (23) against SuperSport United in the Telkom Knockout on Saturday evening. He has made one first team appearance, in a 4-1 League win over Black Leopards in 2012/13.

Zikalala, who is 31, played 23 times for AmaZulu and was with Durban United and Nathi Lions before that. He has been between the poles for Pirates in the Reserve League. 

The club also has 21-year-old Ntanda Nkala – a product of their development – registered with the first team.