January transfer window – silly season analysis


The silly season of the January transfer window is upon us, and as usual many stories are all over the papers about who is going where? Or who wants who?  We thought it might be a good idea if we share some views about a few of the big moves.

So! Let’s play the #Hashtag game?

Orlando Pirates FC is reported to be in hot pursuit of Platinum Stars fullback Tshepo Gumede, who’s club gave permission to speak to other clubs after they were unable to agree terms on a contract renewal.  Guess Platinum Stars decided to cash in while the 23 year old centre back is still an asset in their books. 

The acquisition makes for Orlado Pirates FC. You will remember with Letgwathi, Mahamutsa and Sangweni being over 30, Buccaneers have been challenged at centre-back. Especially when it comes to pace.  Therefore buying Tshepo Gumede makes sense for Orlando Pirates FC, especially because Platinum Stars want to sell. 

What does concern us is this – does the move work for Tshepo Gumede? Fact is, he is leaving a first team place to fight for a place against some of the most experienced players in the league.

So our #hashtag to Tshepo Gumede is #That’sBallz

SuperSport United FC are said to have sent Roscoe Pietersen on loan to Amazulu FC. 

This is good decision on SuperSport FC’s part as this utility player who has been unlucky with injury at lately will start getting game time. He would have struggled to play at SuperSport FC with Thabo September and Clayton Daniels back at full strength. And our league needs a playing Roscoe Pietersen, because not that many of our centre-halfs can play centre-back equally well. The few that do, are not of that physical stature. Should SuperSport FC manage to play on the continent next season, he will become useful member of the squad.  We can’t wait to see how he combines in with Madondo at Usuthu.

So our #hashtag to SuperSport United FC’s is #SpotOn

SuperSport United FC confirmed signing a pre-contract with Kingston Nkhata to start on the 1 of July 2015 via twitter and Kaizer Chiefs decided to release him early so he starts the second round with the Matsatsantsa.

Kaizer Chiefs FC are said to be aggrieved by the decision, as they feel the player did not afford them the opportunity to discuss the move. On the one hand you can say they are right to feel like so after the PR job they did to try and manage the booing fans.  But the question is, can you blame Nkhatha?  How would you feel if that’s what your customers did to you every day at work?

So our #hashtag to Kaizer Chiefs FC’s fans is #Aba-ringa-morePhumakim

Apparently Itumeleng Khune was so unhappy for sitting on the bench after coming back from injury at Kaizer Chiefs FC that he is said to be working on a move to either Orlando Pirates FC or Mamelodi Sundowns FC. This is after the club failed to secure a contract with him ahead of the PSL rule that allows him to speak to other clubs when his contract has only six months before it expires.

Few questions –  If you were Itumeleng Khune, why would you open negotiations with Kaizer Chiefs FC before six month rule kicks in?  Surely you would want the six month rule to kick in so you can see what the market says offers you, before starting negotiations with your current club.  That way you can up your own earnings.

Secondly if you were Kaizer Chiefs FC and Khune came out of an injury just as Shakes Mashaba was finalising his AFCON 2015 squad.  And you knew that playing him in a game would put you at risk of getting both your most experienced  goalkeepers selected for Bafana Bafana, while you have a Champion’s League competition to plan for as you try to win the league. Why would you play him?  Surely you would make Khuzwayo available for Bafana, so he gets national team and continental experience. And if he gets injured, then you have your most experienced goalkeeper available to protect you league and continental campaign.

If you were Itumeleng Khune why would you leave Kaizer Chiefs FC who will be playing Champion’s League to play for Orlando Pirates FC who will not be playing Champions’ League?

So our #hashtag to Itumeleng Khune fans is #Don’tBeDofChana

Mamelodi Sundowns FC are busy talking to Orlando Pirates FC about Manyisa, while they have an 18 month old left-back problem.

Whenever Langerman is not available, they play Muzikayise Mashaba who is not a left-back. No one is certain as to why Punch Masenamela does not get a run.  But the bottom line is, he is not getting a run.

So our #hashtag to Pitso Mosimane is #ThibaKamo #PlugTheHole

Talks are said to be at very advanced stages between Orlando Pirates FC and Mamelodi Sundowns FC about the acquisition of Oupa Manyisa.

Let’s be honest (did you see what I did there?) Manyisa has won 8 trophies with Orlando Pirates FC, what is there for him to achieve?  His decision to leave is the same as the reason why Daine Klate and Elias Pelembe left SuperSport United FC. 

As for him going to Mamelodi Sundowns FC, well I suppose even Pitso Mosimane accepts that a 33 year old Teko Modise can’t continue giving him what he needs for 40 games a season.  Secondly, Oupa Manyisa will get to play Champion’s League, something he will not get to do at Orlando Pirates FC.  In fact if the pace at which Orlando Pirates FC are moving at in finding a coach is anything to go by, one could argue that Champion’s league is not a target eSgodini any time soon.

Oh and the story about club loyalty died a final death when Steven Gerrard announced that he is leaving Liverpool FC for MLS.  If you want to talk loyalty, remember this.  Pitso Mosimane gave Oupa Manyisa his first national team call up.

So our #hashtag to Orlando Pirates FC fans is Loyalty? #BuyAdog

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