The Team of Choice have always been a team fighting for relegation for the last few seasons. But the arrival of coach John Maduka from Royal AM could see them change that. Maduka did well with Royal and is expected to change the fortunes of the team around.
The club have backed him by signing Siboniso Conco, Tshidido Monomodi, Brian Hlongwa, King Ndlovu, Given Masikinya, Bongani Sam, Isaac Masia and Thabo Moloisane and seems to have learnt their lessons.
After helping Galaxy to survive relegation last season, coach Read Ramovic was offered another three-year deal on his contract and has already vowed to make sure the club doesn’t find themselves in a similar position this season. But having lost several players including Ethan Brooks and striker Augustine Kwem, Galaxy only brought two quality players in Sibusiso Vilakazi, who struggled with injuries, and Xola Mlambo. They are likely to find the going tougher again.
After years of the club clinging to their PSL status by surviving numerous relegation battles, this season won’t be different for the Chilli Boys.
Despite experimenting with Daine Klate as head coach, Chippa also went on to sign 16 players to bolster their squad, with many of them unknown. Having survived relegation towards the end of last season, the perennial strugglers will again find it difficult in the new campaign.
In their second season after their rebirth, Swallows struggled throughout the campaign and having survived relegation through promotional playoffs, they were expected to be active in the transfer window. But they have released a couple of players and failed to replace them with quality players. Financial woes are the major reason behind the club’s failure to have signed some top players, despite having lost several players from last season.
Gallants may regret the decision of releasing coach Dan Malesela and replacing him with young and unknown coach Romain Folz, who is 32 years old. Malesela took them out of the danger zone to safety at the end of last season. Having also lost their key player Miguel Timm, Gallants didn’t replace him with the same quality and have also not strengthened their team enough.