Thanda raiding transfer market

2010-12-15 00:00

WITH the National First Division Coastal and Inland streams going into recess and the full programme returning in full swing in the first week of January, Thanda Royal Zulu coach Mlungisi “Professor” Ngubane has started to raid the transfer market in a bid to strengthen his weakest links.

Ngubane, whose side are second in the Coastal Stream, has signed two strikers — Siyabonga Pela and Lindokuhle Bhengu — on loan from PSL side Lamontville Golden Arrows.

They will compete strongly with Malawian international Peter Wadwaba, Phumudzo Manenzhe and Chris Maloka for first team slots up-front.

“I believe Pela and Lindo will bring the needed dimension to our play. I am also looking at beefing up some departments so that when we return to league action, we will be at full strength,” said Ngubane, whose side proceeded to the Nedbank Cup Last-32 at the weekend.

Thanda saw off the challenge of FC AK in Eldorado Park, winning 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Carara Kicks upset Jomo Cosmos 1-0 at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday and also book a place in the Last-32.

“I am happy with the players’ performance. This was a second-string team as we have a few players injured and some suspended, but nevertheless they did very well,” said Kicks coach Duncan Lechesa.

“We expected an onslaught from Cosmos, but the boys kept their shape and followed instructions. Cosmos did come through a few times but we did enough to stop them.

“Maybe we can meet Free State Stars in the next round,” Lechesa joked about meeting the team he played and currently considered the senior club to Kicks.

Blackburn Rovers, who are coached by Ian Palmer, beat African Warriors 2-0 and Black Leopards whipped FC Cape Town 4-1.

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