There was a bit of a mad dash on deadline day of the PSL transfer window with champions Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, and Cape Town City announcing big signings while there was no news from Kaizer Chiefs.
The transfer window closed at midnight on Thursday.
The Buccaneers announced the return of 32-year-old striker Kermit Erasmus on a two-year deal, 27-year-old playmaker Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo on a three-year contract and 25-year-old goalkeeper Sipho Chaine, who was given a two-year deal.
Ndlondlo told the club's website:
The dribbling wizard joins from Limpopo club Marumo Gallants.
Erasmus left Pirates in 2016 to join French Lique1 side Stade Rennais.
Things didn’t quite work out in France and the striker returned two years later and signed for Cape Town City, where he spent another two years before moving to Sundowns in October 2020.
Erasmus now finds himself at a club where his goal-scoring prowess attracted interest from the overseas club.
He is unlikely to go back to Europe at his age and will be determined to help Pirates push towards a first premiership title in 10 years.
Goalkeeper Chaine joins from Chippa United. At 25, Chaine is nearing his peak as a goalkeeper and will learn a lot from first-choice Ghanaian keeper Richard Ofori and second-choice Siyabonga Mpontshane.
Pirates have already signed Tapelo Xoki from AmaZulu, Nkosinathi Sibisi from Lamontville Golden Arrows, Evidence Makgopa from Baroka, Bienvenu Eva Nga and Azola Matrose from Chippa, and Miguel Timm Gallants.
At Chloorkop, Sundowns finally announced the arrival of highly rated 24-year-old Moroccan defender Abdelmounaim Boutouil.
He joins from the Botola Pro side, SCC Mohammédia, and is the first Moroccan player to play in the PSL.
Boutouil was offered a three-year deal, with an option to extend for another two years.
“I am feeling very happy to join one of the biggest clubs in Africa,” Boutouil told sundownsfc.co.za
Sundowns, who won a treble of the Premiership championship and two knockout trophies last season, have been busy with statement signings as they are under pressure to keep the same winning standards.
The champions bought the country’s top goalkeeper Ronwen Williams and midfield supremos Bongani Zungu and Sipho Mbule.
Chilean international Marcelo Allende and Ethiopian Abubeker Nasir arrived last month and have already established themselves in the star-studded Sundowns' squad.
Last week, Sundowns also signed Terrence Mashego from Cape Town City, who in turn announced that fellow left-back Lyle Lakay has joined on loan from the Brazilians until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, there was no news coming out of Naturena on deadline day as Chiefs seem to contend with what they have already brought.
Ahead of the start of the season, Chiefs recruited George Matlou, Kamohelo Mahlatsi and Dillan Solomons from Swallows and signed Yusuf Maart from Sekhukhune United and Siyethemba Sithebe from AmaZulu.
Speedy forward Ashley Du Preez and central defender Zitha Kwinika joined Amakhosi from Stellenbosch and Edmilson Dove on a reported free transfer.
Burundian striker Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana got off the mark with a brace against SuperSport United last week to spark hopes that he can deliver the goals that Chiefs will need to end their seven-year trophyless run.