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Rush for players' signatures as deadline looms

By Sowetan Reporters | Aug 31, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A last-minute rush is expected from many Absa Premiership clubs today as they try to beat the 5pm deadline for registering new players.

A last-minute rush is expected from many Absa Premiership clubs today as they try to beat the 5pm deadline for registering new players.

The teams that will fail to beat today's deadline will only sign players who are out of contracts until the January window period.

Big spenders Mamelodi Sundowns, who are going through a bad patch, will not be signing any player ahead of the window period.

Sowetan has been reliably informed that not even the availability of Quinton Fortune and Pierre Issa could tempt Sundowns' president Patrice Motsepe to open his wallet. "Quinton and Pierre have made enquiries, but were informed by the management that Sundowns do not have a space for new players," said an impeccable source at Chloorkop. Downs fans' favourite Manqoba "Shakes" Ngwenya is likely to go to Durban to join AmaZulu on loan after coach Hristo Stoitchkov told him he does not feature in his plans.

"Clubs have been enquiring about Shakes. Sibusiso Zuma and Thembalethu Moses are on transfer," said Downs' publicist Alex Shakoane, who also confirmed that Dario Montero has been released. The Brazilians have, however, enquired about Orlando Pirates' left-back Innocent Mdledle, who is said to have a fallout with coach Ruud Krol.

AmaZulu are also said to be keen to rope in frustrated Pirates midfielder Joseph Makhanya.

The Buccaneers have loaned out Lindokuhle Mkhwanazi, Tshepiso Tshabalala and Reason Chiloane to relegated Thanda Royal Zulu for a season each. "We have kept our word and finally managed to get the three players a team before the transfer window period deadline," said Bucs' administration executive Floyd Mbele.

Also likely to leave Pirates on a loan deal are Kelebogile Mabe and Irvin Mhlambi.

Ajax Cape Town will register Latvian international Dennis Ivanor and French defender Derrik Descamp. They also got an international clearance of Guinea forward Abobakar Sosana on Saturday.

Moroka Swallows will register German defender Thomas Cichon after they completed the signing of Mfundo Shumana from Ajax. The Birds could not immediately reveal which players will be released from the nest.

Bloemfontein Celtic will sign a Nigerian playmaker they only identified as Saidi and will also re-register Ditheko Mototo.

Back to the Mother City, Santos are hoping to register Botswana player Boitumelo Mafoka.

The league's upstarts Mpumalanga Black Aces are set to sign Clifford Mulenga, Chibuzo Nwogbo and Tabeun William.

While there will be some players' movement at Bidvest Wits, coach Roger de Sa would not re veal names of players who will be signed and those who will be released.

Jomo Cosmos have signed striker Sakou Camara from Mali.

Free State Stars and Maritzburg United are not signing any player. SuperSport United's spokesperson David Skosana said if coach Gavin Hunt decided to sign new players they will not be major signings. Officials of Platinum Stars and Lamontville Golden Arrows were not available at the time of going to print, as were those of Kaizer Chiefs, who were apparently still celebrating their win over AmaZulu.


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