After what many would describe a rollercoaster season, KickOff.com has picked out the top 10 signings, with an Orlando Pirates star coming in at number five.
At 35-years-old, Vuyo Mere continued to disprove the theory that over-30’s are footballers’ twilight years. The former Platinum Stars captain’s move to Bidvest Wits was not the most glamorous but Gavin Hunt had method to his madness. 20 league appearances later, Mere diligently helped The Clever Boys to a third-place finish in the Absa Premiership.
Vilakazi joined AmaZulu at the start of the season on a free transfer from Free State Stars, and the experienced centre-midfielder slotted right into Cavin Johnson’s setup. At 32, he is another example that age merely means maturity – his leadership role in 27 league appearances surely played a key part in helping Usuthu overcome their six-point deduction to survive the drop.
His move to Wits just a few weeks after being announced as a new signing at Chippa United came as a shock, but ultimately Motupa proved why he was worth the chase. After a stellar comeback season on loan at Baroka, the former Orlando Pirates striker showed consistency to net another nine league goals for the Milpark-based outfit. He is arguably the envy of Bucs supporters after he failed to win them over while in Soweto.
The flying Dutchman proved a rock for Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City. Having come from Ajax Amsterdam’s reserves at the start of the season, Leeuwenburgh left many surprised at his performances and ability, and proved that John Comitis has an eye for European talent. The 25-year-old goalkeeper also bagged the MTN8 Last Man Standing award at Sunday’s PSL Awards.
Motshwari seemingly arrived at Pirates as a ‘luxury’ signing at the start of the season from Wits, but the diminutive midfield enforcer ultimately displaced Musa Nyatama in the early stage of the campaign before later keeping Xola Mlambo side-lined. In 21 league appearances, the 28-year-old chipped in with a couple of goals and assists, but his overall contribution has since earned him a spot in Bafana Bafana’s provision AFCON squad.