April 23, 2018


Transfer window deadline looming

A good catch … Papi Zothwane is now a Bloemfontein Celtic player.
The FIFA transfer window deadline date is fast approaching with the cut-off date being January 31 at 00:00.
A number of clubs in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and other leagues abroad are still hoping to rope in their desired players.
A number of interesting moves have already been finalised and many of the ‘mega powers’ of the football transfer market have once again secured some of the most sought-after football talent. Several clubs have, however, also decided to keep their footballing gems to themselves by extending their players’ contracts, denying the ‘mega powers’ any scavenging opportunities.
Striker on loan … Stars striker Madoda Motha has been on loan to first division side Sivutsa Stars.
The most recent move involves Thabo Matlaba transferring from Free State Stars to Orlando Pirates. Stars’ public relations manager Lebo Maketa confirmed the news.
Over the past week, it was reported that a tussle broke out between Stars and Pirates over Matlaba, with Maketa denying that the player had left the Free State club.  However, Maketa has defended his previous stance, saying that negotiations had not been finalised at the time.
“My statement about Matlaba was absolutely correct at the time, because we had not yet finalised anything with
Orlando Pirates.”
Stars have also loaned striker Madoda Motha to First Division club Sivutsa Stars, while the other striker, Tebelo Mofokeng, was released as a free agent.
In the Bloemfontein Celtics quarters, Limbikani Mzava is set to return from his trials with Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv. A possible loan move to the Israeli outfit is up in the air due to current financial talks between the clubs. Israeli team authorities showed immediate interest in the player on his first day of trials at the club, but negotiations have hit a snag due to financial disagreements.
With only a few days left until the transfer window deadline, it is becoming more likely that the 18-year-old Malawian international will stay put at the Bloemfontein club.
Celtic has also completed the signing of Papi Zothwane from Tshwane giants Mamelodi Sundowns. The lanky midfielder lacked game time at the log-leading team, and will therefore add more variety to Celtic coach Clinton Larsen’s midfield line-up. He is on loan to Celtic for the remainder of the current season.
“The much talked about transfer of former Portugal international Luis Boa Morte to Orlando Pirates has been confirmed.”
The much talked about transfer of former Portugal international Luis Boa Morte to Orlando Pirates has been confirmed. The former West Ham, Fulham, and Arsenal winger is now officially a Pirates player, after signing a deal that will see him staying at the Soweto side for the next 18 months. He joins his former West Ham teammate, Benni McCarthy, who is said to have persuaded him to sign for Pirates.
The most astounding recent transfer transaction in the international sphere saw Brazilian legend Rivaldo (39) sign a one-year contract with Angolan club Kabuscorpon for an undisclosed fee.
Despite his age being a concern, the bow-legged midfielder is shadowed by a wealthy reputation of elegant skills and accolades that many football players can only dream of.
Another probable move that has become the centre of speculation is former Swedish international, Freddie Ljunberg, coming to play football in South Africa.
The 34-year-old winger is currently playing in Japan for Shimizu S-Pulse, and he built his famed reputation at English Premier League (EPL) side Arsenal during the 2003/2004 season where Arsenal won the league unbeaten.

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