Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows in big transfer deal

2014-06-25 17:26

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Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs diverted a chunk of local soccer attention from the World Cup on Wednesday to engage in a major mid-season PSL transfer deal.

The gist of the “done deal”, confirmed by Swallows, was that their exciting left-back prospect, Levy Mokgothu, would be moving to Amakhosi on a permanent transfer, while first-team fringe players from Chiefs, Lucky Baloyi and Philani Cele, would join the Birds on loan for the 2014-2015 season.

The mutual arrangement stemmed from an initial request from Chiefs’ general manager Bobby Motaung to buy Mokgothu, a player who burst onto the Premier League scene last season and scored against Chiefs on his debut.

Seeking to recover from a near-disastrous 2013-2014 season, which started with them being considered as Premier League title contenders but ended with them finishing just above the relegation zone, Swallows had already made a number of significant changes to their squad.

Following on the heels of the transfer of former Chippa United player Asavela Mbekile, a consistent performer in the midfield last season, to Premier League champions Mamelodi Sundowns, Swallows had signed long-time Bloemfontein Celtic defensive stalwart Tsietsi Mahoa.

Mahoa, who performed mainly in the left-back position, could fill the gap caused by the departure of Mokgothu.

Swallows also signed Kenyan international striker Kevin Ade Omondi, and Angolan Under-20 international striker Joao de Oliveira was presently on trial at the Dube club.

While Swallows CEO Leon Prins was not letting the grass grow under his feet as he sought to restore the club to a position more in keeping with its tradition and stature, the club was still suffering from the loss of club sponsors Volkswagen.

Prins said despite concerted efforts and negotiations with a number of interested parties, nothing had yet been finalised in finding a replacement for the car manufacturing giant.

As a result, Swallows were adopting a more prudent approach to their deals in seeking the revival of the club and explained why they would allow players of the calibre of Mbekile and Mokgothu to move to big-spending clubs like Sundowns and Chiefs respectively.

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