Lebese, Akpeyi the big movers on transfer deadline day, no late flurry by clubs


CAPE TOWN, February 1 – There was no late flurry of deadline day signings in the PSL, but there were a couple of notable transfers including goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi’s move to Kaizer Chiefs and George Lebese’s loan switch to SuperSport United.

Amakhosi also completed the signing of right-back Reeve Frosler from Bidvest Wits, while Ugandan left-back Godfrey Walusimbi was released from the club.

Down in KZN, Maritzburg United did a late deal to bring in Uganda international winger Allan Katerrega from Cape Town City on loan until the end of the season, as they look to try and solve their goal-scoring crisis.

Maritzburg also signed Thabiso Kutumela from Orlando Pirates earlier in the window, as well as Judas Moseamedi, Mpho Matsi and Miguel Timm.

Cape Town City have parted ways with Ayanda Patosi, who had a enjoyed a successful two campaigns with the club, scoring 11 goals and creating nine assists in the 45 matches he featured in.

The Cape Town-born Patosi, who arrived from Belgium, is now jetting off to start a new chapter with Iranian Gulf Pro League club Esteghlal FC.

With number one goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune out injured for the rest of the season and the January transfer window deadline fast approaching, it had been looking like Chiefs were prepared to place their faith in back-up goalies Virgil Vries and Bruce Bvuma.

But a calamitous error from Vries which gifted Cape Town City their winning goal in a midweek league encounter, together with the Namibian’s blunder earlier this month against Sundowns, forced the Soweto giants’ hand.

Nigeria international Akpeyi, who has been with Chippa since 2015, was deemed to be the best possible solution and the 32-year-old has penned a 17-month deal, pushing the likes of Vries, Bvuma and Brylon Petersen further down the pecking order.

Akpeyi will now likely find himself thrust straight into the firing line as Chiefs take on old foes Orlando Pirates next week Saturday, 9 February.

The 21-year-old Frosler can now get his career back on track after finally completing the move to Amakhosi, the junior international seemingly having been frozen out by the Clever Boys after he signed a pre-contract with Chiefs. His deal with Amakhosi will run through to June 2022.

Lebese, meanwhile will be hoping to resurrect his career after swapping the yellow half of Pretoria for the blue half, following his loan signing for SuperSport.

After joining the Brazilians from Chiefs in 2017, Lebese made just five league starts with a further five appearances off the bench, and has not featured in the Premiership at all for Masandawana this season.

Other notable business in the January transfer window includes Sundowns’ capture of AmaZulu striker Emiliano Tade, with the Durban team bringing in Talent Chawapiwa from Baroka FC and making Bongi Ntuli’s loan move from Sundowns a permanent one.

SuperSport marksman Fagrie Lakay has been loaned to Bidvest Wits, with Mxolisi Macuphu going the other way, also on loan.

Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has shown faith in his squad, with defender Alfred Ndengane the only new arrival. (ANA)