The January transfer window is just a few days away, so our source KickOff.com looks at 10 players who need a move to revive their careers.
George Lebese (Mamelodi Sundowns): Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has already confirmed that the former Kaizer Chiefs winger will be leaving Chloorkop when the January transfer window opens. The question now is where will Lebese go? He’s desparate for game-time, so it’s important he joins a club that will give him a chance to play week in and out. Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City are said to be interested in his services.
Kgotso Malope (Kaizer Chiefs): The midfielder has not been given an opportunity to feature much since returning from a loan spell at Thanda Royal Zulu before the start of last season. There’s too much competition in midfield, so the creative player needs to make a move. A loan move would do him well, so that he regains his confidence and reminds followers of the game what he can do.
Diamond Thopola (Orlando Pirates): Not too long ago Thopola was in Shakes Mashaba’s Bafana Bafana team, but has not had many first team opportunities since joining the Buccaneers from Chippa United in January. Competition at right-back is very high at Mayfair.
Justice Chabalala (Orlando Pirates): Chances of the former Free State Stars defender playing for the Buccaneers this season are very slim. He has not been registered in the CAF Champions League, so unlike other players who are given a chance to shine on the continent, his only hope of action is the Multichoice Diski Challenge. A move back to Ea Lla Koto would not be such a bad idea.
Lucky Mohomi (Mamelodi Sundowns): The talented midfielder, known as ‘Fabregas’, is nowhere near a starting berth right now, with the likes of Hlompho Kekana, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa and Tiyani Mabunda to battle with for a place in the team. Mohomi is yet to feature in the Absa Premiership, his only appearance coming in the MTN8 against Cape Town City.
Mogakolodi Ngele (Mamelodi Sundowns): Ngele has not been part of the Sundowns first team since returning from a loan spell at SuperSport United. Despite not playing at Sundowns, Ngele has been called up to the Botswana national team consistently. This would no doubt have boosted his confidence and he will be looking forward to regular game-time from January onwards.
Phetso Maphanga (Orlando Pirates): The 25-year-old joined the Buccaneers halfway through last season, after an impressive first half of the campaign with Chippa United. He caused a lot of problems for clubs on the left flank, but has been reduced to watching Pirates’ matches from the stands. With Innocent Maela, Paseka Mako, Kudakwashe Mahachi and Vincent Pule on the left side, there’s little chance he will play this season. A move to Chippa is on the cards.
Reeve Frosler (Bidvest Wits): The former Amajita right-back has not featured for the Clever Boys this season, despite a promising start to his career with the club. Wits have been playing Thulani Hlatshwayo or Vuyo Mere at right-back and the 20-year-old Frosler does not even make the substitutes’ bench.
Boalefa Pule (SuperSport United): The goalkeeper made a promising start to his tenure with the national Under-20 team, but his career has gone backwards in the PSL. He has been an understudy for years, but showed glimpses of brilliance while on loan to AmaZulu last season. With Ronwen Williams and Washington Arubi to compete with, another loan move could work in the 28-year-old’s favour.
Bhongolethu Jayiya (Kaizer Chiefs): The former Bidvest Wits winger had high hopes for himself when he joined Amakhosi from Cape Town City before the start of last season, but he has struggled at Naturena. This season he has just made three Absa Premiership appearances and it does not seem new coach Ernst Middendorp will have space for him in the starting line-up. He was enjoying his football at City, but now spends his time on the bench or in the stands.