Little transfer activity in KZN’s PSL teams

2010-07-13 00:00

WITH the new 2010/11 PSL season set to kick off in mid-August, and especially after a sizzling World Cup, local fans can be forgiven for wanting some momentum to be built up in as far as transfer activity is concerned in the three KZN clubs — Maritzburg United, AmaZulu and Lamontville Golden Arrows.

By yesterday afternoon, no big-name transfer moves had occured, with only AmaZulu announcing the signing of former junior international winger Bongani Mbele on a two-year deal from National First Division side, Thanda Royal Zulu.

Usuthu team manager James Dlamini explained that Mbele’s arrival, alongside “unknown” central midfielder Andile Khumalo and attacking midfielder Sthembiso Dlamini, was the first step for new coach Manqoba Mngqithi to strengthen the team.

”The coach believes Mbele’s presence in the team will be pivotal as he can either play at leftback, where he will be cover for Marc van Heerden, or leftwing, where Sibusiso Hadebe operates.

The signing of the two little known players confirms the coach’s belief in unearthing gems who become key members of the team in future.

“The goalkeeping department, as well as strikeforce, are areas that we are working to beef up and we hope to finalise talks with our intended signings, who are local, very soon,” said Dlamini.

As reported in The Witness last week, new Arrows coach, Serbian Zoran Filipic, was officially introduced to the players at training yesterday afternoon by club chairperson Mato Madlala.

The 57-year-old former Red Star Belgrade player replaces Mngqithi, who joined cross-town rivals AmaZulu two weeks ago.

The Team of Choice, who desperately need strengthening in order to build on the fine form they showed towards the end of last season, are yet to announce major signings.

Veteran Santos defender Musa Otieno-Ongao is said to be a target for Ernst Middendorp’s charges.

Meanwhile, Sundowns have announced the transfer listing of striker Lerato Chabangu, defenders Derrick Spencer, Robyn Johanes, James Mayinga and midfielders Kurt Lentjies, Gareth Ncaca and Thuso Phala.

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