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Greener Pastures: 5 Chiefs and Pirate Players Who Must Move on

The football season break proffers an opportunity for romour mongers to peddle possible destinations, latest signings – and wish list for f...

The football season break proffers an opportunity for romour mongers to peddle possible destinations, latest signings – and wish list for fans and coaches alike.

But for those in the mix, this crucial phase is a matter of life and death – literally. It is a moment that allows Premier Soccer League players to relocate to new bases where they can get more game time – after all that is their ultimate calling – playing soccer.

For some it is an escape route towards greener pastures – an escape course, hoping fortunes will be better on the other side – and some players want out – and now. Sadly, rich clubs can afford to sideline such talent, while other teams are in desperate lack of such quality firepower.

Below, analyse 5 Amakhosi and Buccaneers players that could do with a switch elsewhere.
Xiyanda Xulu

Siphelele Mthembu – Kaizer Chiefs
This is one player who is definitely leaving – and his probably destination is Bloemfontein Celtic. The 29-year-old has struggled for game time at Naturena – and it has already been confirmed that he will be leaving at the conclusion of the season.

Originally placed on the transfer list at the beginning of the season is enough to conclude his future as Amakhosi was shaky. The striker found no takers before the close of the August window – but somehow managed to rise above the perking order.

But he is yet to kick a ball so far this season or even make it onto the bench.

Siyanda Xulu – Kaizer Chiefs
Like Mthembu‚ Xulu was also put on the transfer list before being hastily drafted back into the squad. Though Steve Komphela remains in charge at Amakhosi‚ the future of the former Russia-based defender is not guaranteed.

With a blossoming partnership between Lorenzo Gordinho and Mulomowandau Mathoho in Chiefs’ back line – Xulu remains a marginalized defender. He only featured in a handful of games since joining Chiefs. The 24-year-old risks spending the rest of the season in the reserves if he can’t find a move.

Ryan Moon – Kaizer Chiefs
“Ryan is one for the future, he will give us options as a striker and on the flanks,” said coach Steve Komphela at the capture of the former Maritzburg forward.

Sadly the move would turn out otherwise. Lacking game time, frustration began to manifest, leading pundits to predicts that the 20-year-old youngster still needs more time to get used to the top flight and therefore Amakhosi should consider putting him on a short-term loan.

Siyabonga Mpontshane – Orlando Pirates
With Brighton Mhlongo and Jackson Mabokgwane currently being first and second-choice goalkeepers for Pirates‚ as a goalkeeper at his age‚ he is at his prime and needs to play regularly.

Previously, he was linked with a move to Free State Stars and Highlands Park during the off-season but the former Platinum Stars man opted to stay on and compete for his place in this season’s Bucs squad.

He is yet to play with half of the season gone and‚ with his level of experience‚ a lot of PSL clubs would not hesitate to bring him on board. But Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret analysis could offer the keeper a glimmer of hope.

“We have four keepers and I think. I am not a keeper specialist, but I think they are on a pretty similar level. Sometimes it is good to have four keepers because they compare of course, and I know they work good together, but of course it would be good sometimes to have a clear number one,” stated the Buccaneers coach.

Tercious Malepe – Orlando Pirates
After the fall of Moroka Swallows to the NFD – Pirates recalled the Under 23 International player. And reports of an impending new deal offer a brighter future for the teenager.

At just 19‚ the defender would not mind another loan move to earn game time.

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