Despite the coronavirus outbreak, FARPost will continue to bring you the latest news from all the clubs and in this feature, we take a closer look at what we’ve been told at Premier Soccer League clubs.
FARPost understands that goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha will sign a new deal. Mbatha’s current contract expires at the end of June 2020.
Meanwhile, 39-year-old goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has no plans to retire. He’s currently the assistant coach to caretaker coach Ayanda Dlamini, who has stepped in to take over from Josef Vukusic, who was suspended by AmaZulu earlier this month while the club deals with some “internal matters” relating to his job.
Forward Gift Motupa is still linked with Mamelodi Sundowns, with the ‘Brazilians’ thought to be eyeing him for next season. The 25-year-old former Orlando Pirates striker has 12 goals and 2 assists in 25 appearances this season.
FARPost sources have revealed that winger Lesedi Kapinga, pictured above, is on his way to Mamelodi Sundowns, while his current Leopards teammate Joseph Mhlongo is set for a switch to Highlands Park. Both players’ contracts with ‘Lidoda Duvha’ expire at the end of June 2020.
Meanwhile, Leopards are keen to extend Edwin Gyimah’s stay beyond the end of the season. The Ghanaian arrived at Leopards at the beginning of the season and he has made 17 appearances.
The club is likely to sign striker Tokelo Rantie for next season. Rantie, 29, was training with ‘Phunya Sele Sele’ before the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, which has forced clubs to stop training.
Rantie’s fitness level is not where it should be considering he last played competitive football at Turkish side, Genclebriligi, in late 2017. Celtic have indicated they are willing to give him time to regain his fitness before properly assessing him.
Celtic are thought to be interested in keeping on-loan defender Justice Chabalala. The centre-back arrived from Orlando Pirates on a deal that runs until the end of the season.
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Edmilson Dove, who plays in defence, is being targeted by Mamelodi Sundowns as reported by FARPost earlier on March 27.
Forward Siphelele Mthembu is likely to leave the ‘Citizens’ when his deal expires at the end of the season. The striker from Melmoth in KwaZulu Natal has netted 1 goal in 11 games during the 2019/2020 campaign.
Zimbabwean goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season.
DID YOU KNOW? Kapini co-owns a workshop that fixes gearboxes in Pomona, Kempton Park.
Colombian striker Leonardo Castro is yet to agree a new deal at the club with the current contract running out on June 30. Castro is apparently leaving.
At this stage, the Tshwane club appear to be going to be the busiest in the next transfer window, before the start of the 2020/2021 season. Downs will welcome back Grant Magerman and Jody February, who are on loan at Ajax Cape Town and Cape Umoya respectively. The players were signed by Downs last year and immediately loaned out.
FARPost has also learnt that midfielder Oupa Manyisa is set to be let go, while the club is linked with Cape Town City defender Edmilson Dove. Sundowns have already signed Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka on a pre-contract, while they have prepared a pre-contract for Lesedi Kapinga, the winger from Black Leopards.
Defender Anele Ngcongca is yet to sign a new deal and could be heading to the exit.
The ‘Team of Choice’ officials have rejected claims that goalkeeper Richard Ofori and defender Rushine De Reuck may be joining Orlando Pirates. “We are not in talks with Orlando Pirates about Richard Ofori and Rushine De Reuck. We are not in negotiations with any club locally about these two players,” insisted club chairman, Farook Kadodia.
Meanwhile, defender Siyanda Xulu is still “undecided” about his future, with his contract ending in June.
Rumour has it that French goalkeeper Joris Delle could be leaving at the end of the season, just a year into his 3-year contract.
‘Rise and Shine’ are keen to keep on loan winger Kabelo Mahlasela, who currently belongs to Chiefs. However, Mahlasela’s contract with Amakhosi expires at the end of June this year, which may open a door for the Limpopo side to snap him up on a permanent deal.
‘Stellies’ have confirmed the departure of goalkeeper Boy de Jong, who decided to cut his stay in SA short to return to the Netherlands to be with his family in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Defender Morgan Gould and the club are set to part ways end of the season.
Matsatsantsa have already signed Iqraam Rayners from Stellenbosch on a pre-contract ahead of next season.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa