To mark the end of an exciting period of transfers, we thought we would take the time to celebrate some of the biggest stories to grace our back pages transfer period ended 31 August 2015, in song (and dance if you will)
Dane Klate and Elias Pelembe moving to Bidvest Wits FC
Three of the five PSL Championship medals Daine Klate has, were won with Gavin Hunt at SuperSport United FC. Furthemore, Elias Pelembe was certainly the most influential player for Hunt in the 2007/2008 campaign subsequently winning PSL Player of the Season in the same campaign; prior to his departure to join Mamelodi Sundowns FC in 2009. Hunt made no qualms about Pelembe’s departure being a bitter pill to swallow when he left. In fact on an interview with Thomas Mlambo on the SABC 1’s Sports@ 10, Elias Pelembe was Hunts’ answer to the question – “who would you say is the most talented player you have worked with in recent times?”
Without a doubt, this is probably the most successful player-coach trio in SuperSport United FC’s history and they have now managed to get reunited at Bidvest Wits FC.
And so we thought the most appropriate song to dedicate to these three: The Fray – Love Don’t Die (YouTube Video – Click here)
Tefu Mashamaite and Mandla Mabaso moving overseas
The two left Kaizer Chiefs FC after a record breaking title campaign under the mentorship of Stuart Baxter. Tefu Mashamaite was reported by Sports24.co.za as having revealed that snubbing Kaizer Chiefs was necessary for him to achieve his dream of playing abroad. The lanky defender is said to have recently signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with BK Hacken in Sweden after rejecting Chiefs’ offer of a new contract.
Mandla Masango, who left Chiefs at the end of last season, after his best season with the Amakhosi, is said to have signed for Randers FC’s in Denmark. In fact after starting his first match off the bench for the denish club, Masango managed to score on debut in Randers FC’s 2-0 win over AaB.
So the song: LCNVL Feat Tailor – Dreamcatcher (YouTube Video – Click here)
Masibusane Zongo and Edward Manqele
This time last year, the future for both players looked bleak. But South Africa can breathe a collective sign of relief after news broke that the talent that is Masibusane Zongo and Edward Manqele have both received another opportunity to play top flight football in the PSL. This after Platinum Stars FC signed Zongo and Kaizer Chiefs signed Manqele in this transfer period.
So the song: Busta Rhymes – Thank You ft. Q-Tip, Kanye West, Lil Wayne (YouTube Video – Click Here)
Having had an exceptional performances throughout in the 2013-2014, Sibusiso Vilakazi won the Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season; plus Nedbank Cup player of the tournament in the same season. Not only that, Vilakazi made his international debut for South Africa in October 2013, and was phenomenal in his contribution to the Bafana Bafana AFCON 2015 qualification campaign.
Naturally he sparked the interest of many clubs who were rumoured to be hunting his signature. As a result, in the MTN8 Quarter finals press conference with Bidvest Wits FC, Coach Gavin Hunt made it know that they were not impressed with the methods used by some of the clubs to acquire the player.
Without naming and shaming, Hunt called these clubs’ tactics unethical, and old school. He urged them to stop what they were doing because they were confusing the player. In fact in his words “if they want the player they should come through the front door, because they are busy spinning the boy’s head around. It’s not right!”
So the song: DJ Kent ft The Arrows – Spin My World Around (YouTube Video – Click Here)
Lastly, we end on what is probably the biggest story of the transfer period and arguably the biggest transfer story in PSL history. A story that kept everyone busy for a good few months; and ultimately ending up being much ado about nothing really. Because, Itumeleng Khune ended up going back to Kaizer Chiefs. On what some might say was a deal struck on Kaizer Chiefs’ terms.
We thought we would go old-school. Since 2015 marks 21 years of Kwaito, we thought the most appropriate song would best be fetched from the archives.
So the song: TKZee Family ft. Dr Mageu – Fella Kae (YouTube Video – Click Here)