PSL GIANTS SPEND BIG

The 2008-2009 Premiership season should be a more exciting, what with clubs already on a buying spree to tighten up various departments.

The 2008-2009 Premiership season should be a more exciting, what with clubs already on a buying spree to tighten up various departments.

The big three - Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and Mamelodi Sundowns - have been leading the pack in this regard.

Burundian central defender Valery Nahayo has joined Kaizer Chiefs, becoming the third player to move straight to Amakhosi from Ezenkosi.

Dreadlocked Reneilwe Letsholanyane and Mokete Tsotetsi are the other two players who have joined Chiefs from Cosmos.

It has also emerged from Naturena that Chiefs have already signed Thabang Rooi and Gordon "Yster" Gilbert from Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Chiefs also have reportedly asked veteran striker Shaun Bartlett to retire and help out as a joint assistant coach with Fani Madida. But Bartlett is unhappy as he still wants to play.

Former captain Fabian McCarthy is likely to join Bidvest Wits after he was released by Chiefs.

In one of the late surprise moves Godfrey Sapula left Mamelodi Sundowns to join Platinum Stars.

Sapula is expected to be followed by Terence Mabaso sometime this week.

Former Buccaneer Sibusiso Zuma has joined Mamelodi Sundowns after agreeing on a three-year deal with the big spenders.

Zuma will earn about R200000 a month, which will make him the highest paid player in the Premier Soccer League.

He spent eight years in Europe playing for FC Copenhagen in Denmark and Arminia Bielefeld, where Rowen Fernandez and Siyabonga Nkosi were his teammates.

Two weeks ago the Brazilians also scooped Koketso Mmotong from The Tycoons.

Pirates have recruited Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Moeneeb Josephs with Dutch legend Ruud Krol on board as their new coach.

Staying with coaches, Mich D'Avray is back in South Africa after almost 10 years of coaching in Australia .

D'Avray was unveiled as new coach of Bloemfontein Celtic at the weekend, ending speculation that Owen da Gama was on his way to Phunya SeleSele.

D'Avray, who is expected to start his new job this week, is the former coach of the South African Under-23s and the now defunct Cape Town Spurs. - Sowetan reporters

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