In life, there’s a time for some introspection and Premier Soccer League (PSL) footballers are no exception.
There comes a time that they have to realise they’ve overstayed their welcome at their respective clubs. FARPost is constantly monitoring the footballers’ situations and in this feature, we list six hugely talented players that we think have to move on to other clubs to not only save their careers, but enjoy the game yet again.
Thabo Mnyamane (SuperSport United)
He joined SuperSport United from University of Pretoria ahead of the 2016/17 campaign and he contributed immensely, with 37 appearances, 8 goals and 7 assists in his first season. The last three seasons, however, have reduced him to watching from the sidelines. In the 2017/18 season, Mnyamane was restricted to just 17 appearances, though he had a decent return of 7 goals. He suffered a groin injury at some point and while he could have been hoping to bounce back the following term, 2018/19, it wasn’t to be as he managed just 6 appearances. To make matters worse, he has a paltry 3 appearances and 1 goal this season. There’s no question about the player’s ability and that’s why he was previously linked with Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, but perhaps a new environment is what the 27-year-old truly needs at this stage of his career.
Aubrey Ngoma (Mamelodi Sundowns)
There’s no doubting Ngoma’s talent. The left winger showed while with Cape Town City that he’s more than capable of doing the job, but can’t seem to break through at Sundowns. In the 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign, he was certainly one of the best players in the League with 7 goals and 16 assists in 35 appearances for the ‘Citizens’. During his first season at Sundowns (2017/18), he managed 1 goal in 11 appearances, playing mostly as a substitute. Last season, he played 4 games and this season, he’s played the same number of matches (4). For a player of his calibre, the 30-year-old deserves more game time and that could be elsewhere other than at Sundowns.
Siphelele Ntshangase (Kaizer Chiefs)
Stash’s contract reportedly expires on June 30, 2020 and admittedly, the midfielder’s career is at crossroads. In January 2018, it was probably Ntshangase’s happiest when he completed his move from Baroka to the Naturena-based side. But his lack of game time has triggered a lot of questions; is he good enough for Chiefs? Does he work hard enough to get into the team? It’s only fair that the Amakhosi faithful ask these questions, because coach Ernst Middendorp has not given a glowing report whenever asked about ‘Stash’. “I don’t think Ntshangase is close to breaking into the starting team. He likes to pass, pass, pass, pass and then pass again, it looks nice but I’m sorry, football is about goals and results,” Middendorp was quoted. Ntshangase is yet to make an appearance this season. Last season? 22. It was promising, but he would be the first to admit that perhaps a move away wouldn’t be a bad idea under the circumstances.
Lucky Mohomi (Mamelodi Sundowns)
It won’t be much of a surprise if he’s deemed surplus to requirements by Sundowns. The 28-year-old has played just 32 games for the Brazilians in the last 3 seasons that he’s been with the club, but it should be stated that he was injured for most of the 2017/18 season. To put this into perspective, the Mamelodi-born midfielder played 30 games for his former club Free State Stars in just one season, before moving to the Tshwane club. It’s a clear indication that perhaps it’s not meant to be for ‘Fabregas’ at Sundowns and he could be forced to move on, to try elsewhere.
Justice Chabalala (Orlando Pirates)
The 2018/19 season finished without Chabalala playing an official match for Pirates. This season, the Limpopo-born central defender had played just 1 match for the Buccaneers in their 3-0 defeat to SuperSport United back in August. It was Pirates’ second League match of the season and guess what, Chabalala has already played 7 games for Bloemfontein Celtic where he’s on loan. It’s quite clear that he has no future at Pirates.
Philani Zulu (Kaizer Chiefs)
He’s played just 3 games for Amakhosi all season. Last season he starred in 21 matches, including 8 as a substitute. The one thing that’s clear is that Zulu can’t seem to go back to the way things were in the 2017/18 season, when he made 35 appearances, which proved he was a regular. The last two seasons haven’t been good for him and if things remain the same, he may need to consider his options.
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