Not much fanfare in PSL transfers

2015-02-01 15:00

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Award-winning House music producer DJ Cleo stole the limelight at Friday’s player-transfer-window deadline when expectations were high that Orlando Pirates skipper Oupa Manyisa would move to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Instead, the presence of the deck-spinning celebrity – real name Cleopas Monyepao – at the Premier Soccer League (PSL) offices in Parktown, Johannesburg, took centre stage as Manyisa’s much-hyped move failed to materialise by the 5pm cut-off.

Monyepao, who has abandoned his dream of becoming a top-flight goalkeeper, came in his capacity as player-manager to facilitate the registration of 26-year-old Katlego Piana with National First Division side Royal Eagles.

Tembisa-born striker Piana – from the famed Nedbank Ke Yona team – was one of the more than 60 players who went through the last-minute registration process on Friday.

Pirates administrative officer Floyd Mbele told City Press yesterday: “Oupa is an Orlando Pirates player and I won’t entertain rumours about his future [at the club].”

The only transfers involving Sundowns saw two out-of-favour defenders leaving the club. Defenders Bryce Moon and Punch Masenamela both signed for Platinum Stars.

The Buccaneers, on the other hand, have gained the services of Dikwena defender Tshepo Gumede and experienced goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane. Tlou Segolela left the Soweto giants for the Rustenburg-based outfit.

Mbele also confirmed the signing of fullback Mpho Mvelase from Chippa United. The 25-year-old talent, who joined on a three-year deal, can also operate as a defensive midfielder.

Also at the league’s headquarters on Friday was Moroka Swallows team manager Bennett Mtshali, who confirmed the signing of midfielder Luyolo Nomandela on loan from Sundowns.

The Birds also landed 22-year-old Edwin Sitayitayi, the towering striker who came to prominence with Kaizer Chiefs back in 2010.

PSL general manager of football Derek Blanckensee said: “There have been around 60-something registrations today [Friday]. This is a lot for the last day of the window, but that’s because everybody left it right until the end to do their business.”

As for those who missed the January deadline, Blanckensee said there were provisions in the rules for players to register outside of the window in certain cases.

“For example, amateur players and those whose contracts were terminated by mutual consent before the previous window closed are still able to register.”

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