There has been a growing sense of optimism in the Ajax Cape Town camp over the last few months and they’ll be hoping that their new signings help the team continue its upward trajectory after what was a poor start to the season.
Attacking midfielder Sameegh Doutie has returned for a second spell, while Platinum Stars central defender Isaac Nhlapo has also penned a pre-contract deal and will join the club after the season and could be a potential replacement should Rivaldo Coetzee leave for Europe.
Signed are two attack-minded Zambian midfielders – Rodrick Kabwe and Aubrey Funga, as well as right-back Rheece Evans, who was on Mamelodi Sundowns’ books.
PSL rookies Baroka FC have been especially busy in January as the Limpopo club tries to plot a way to climb off the foot of the table.
Bakgaga’s new acquisitions reportedly include: Jose Garcia (Highlands Park winger), Helder Pelembe (ex-Bloemfontein Celtic marksman), Siphamandla Sangweni (ex-Orlando Pirates striker), Botswana international midfielder Mpho Kgaswane, Mxolisi Kunene (former Moroka Swallows winger), Sindo Letsoalo (a midfielder from Garankuwa United), Maboke Matlakala (FC Cape Town), Mamphise Moremi and Thapelo Maleka from Boyne Tigers, as well as two goalkeepers in Tshinuna Abashoni (Black Leopards) and Ayanda Dlamini (Alexandra United).
Contrary to earlier reports, Ugandan forward duo Geofrey Massa and Khalid Aucho are expected to remain with the club.
Title hopefuls Bidvest Wits have added experience and steel to the middle of the park with the signing of former Ajax playmaker Granwald Scott, who joins Gavin Hunt’s side as a free agent from SK Slovan Bratislava. Free State Stars defender Thato Thlone has signed a pre-contract and will join at the end of the season. England-born striker James Keene has meanwhile been registered for the remainder of the season after having missed the first half of the campaign through injury.
Bloemfontein Celtic have yet to make any notable signings after they elected not to make an offer for Kaizer Chiefs striker Siphelele Mthembu, who spent a couple of weeks on trial with the Free State outfit.
Cape Town City are not resting on their laurels after a bright start to their first season in the top flight and Eric Tinkler’s team have confirmed several new arrivals: Letsi Koapeng (former Orlando Pirates striker, signed from Stellenbosch FC), Siyabonga Dubula (midfielder, FC Cape Town), Raphael Georgiades (defender, promoted from youth team), and Mozambique international defender, Edmilson Dove.
Chippa United have terminated the contract of former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates marksman Bongani Ndulula, while another front-man, Lerato Manzini has had his contract extended. Arriving at the Port Elizabeth-based club via a swap deal with Orlando Pirates is defender Justice Chabalala as well as attacking midfielders Sello Japhta and Donald Mokondelela.
Free State Stars have added five new players: former Bloemfontein Celtic defender Thabang Matuka, former Kaizer Chiefs full-back Simphiwe Mtsweni, former Maritzburg United forward Mohammed Anas, SA Under-20 international midfielder Nhlakanipho Ntuli, and Allen Dorian Nono, a Gabonese international striker.
KZN outfit Golden Arrows have brought in more firepower in the form of one-time Orlando Pirates striker Chiukepo Msowoya and Knox Mutizwa, who arrives on loan from Bidvest Wits. Arrows have also acquired defender Nkosinathi Mthiyane,
Gordon Igesund’s Highlands Park, second from bottom on the standings, have made a couple of useful looking additions. Arriving at the Gauteng club is Siyabonga Nhlapo, on loan from Bidvest Wits, as well as Moeketsi Sekola, the Free State Stars striker who won the PSL Golden Boot two seasons ago.
The Lions of the North are still looking at some more options, while they have released several fringe players.
Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the signing of Venezuelan-born striker Gustavo Paez on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Erick Mathotho, meanwhile, joins fellow central defender Lorenzo Gordinho in penning a contract extension, while Togo marksman Camaldine Abraw is back in training after a long-term injury.
There has been no official confirmation, but it is believed that Caf Champions League winners Mamelodi Sundowns have signed Algerian left-back Fares Hachi, who is a free agent after his contract with ES Setif expired.
The big news at the Pretoria club has been about Bafana Bafana midfielder Keagan Dolly, who has joined French club Montpellier.
Maritzburg United coach Roger De Sa has turned to his former club Ajax Cape Town for a new left-back – 22-year-old Keorapetse Molete, who previously played at Bidvest Wits but failed to make an appearance for Ajax.
Orlando Pirates’ swap deal with Chippa United has seen see Marc van Heerden, James Okwuosa and Thembinkosi Lorch joining the Buccaneers, the later returning from his loan spell.
The Sea Robbers also did a late deal with SuperSport United to bring in Togo international striker Dove Wome on loan.
Platinum Stars have acquired former Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg winger Abia Nale, as well as Namibian defender Willem Mwedihanga (ex-AmaZulu and AmaTuks) and Malawian Gerald Phiri (formerly of Bidvest Wits).
Joining the North West club, on loan from Kaizer Chiefs is midfielder Enocent Mkhabela, who is back with his former club.
Former Dikwena and Orlando Pirates winger Tlou Segolela, who has been a free agent since the end of last season, has signed for Polokwane City. Rise and Shine have also brought in Mogau Tshehla from Witbank Spurs.
SuperSport United left it late before making their first acquisition of the transfer window but made a big signing in the form of Bafana Bafana winger Mandla Masango, who arrives from Danish side Randers on loan until the end of the season. Masango is reuniting with his former Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter.
The Absa Premiership season will resume on Tuesday February 7, following the break for the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
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