The 2021 PSL mid-season transfer window is officially closed and teams bolstered their squads in an attempt to increase their chances of doing well for the remainder season.
But who were the biggest winners and losers of this PSL transfer window?
As everyone knew from around September 2020, Amakhosi were not allowed to sign new players due to the transfer ban imposed on them by Fifa.
Their appeal for the ban was also unsuccessful and that forced Gavin Hunt, who is new in the job, to work with that he has at his disposal.
The only change Hunt and Chiefs made was to promote Radebe from their Diski Challenge team and send Keletso Sifama out on loan to Maritzburg United.
And their inability to reinforce their squad with quality players could well see their struggles continue this season.
While the Team of Choice made a number of signings, including Sifama from Chiefs and Serbian defender Dusan Stevic, they also lost some top players in the process.
Rushine de Reuck’s departure to Mamelodi Sundowns left a huge void in their defence – and this was a bad move given where the team is on the log at the half-way mark.
De Reuck was expected to be the only player Maritzburg could lose, but the departures of both Pogisho Sanoka and Keagan Buchanan on transfer deadline day was a huge blow.
The two players had literally carried the team this season and the previous ones, and it remains to be seen of the Ernst Middendorp will cope without their services.
The Brazilians were smart in their approach this past transfer window as both the technical and the management made some important decisions.
Firstly, after losing both Motjeka Madisha and Anele Ngcongca who lost their lives in December 2020, the club moved swiftly and brought in Rushine de Reuck.
It is true that De Reuck isn’t a replacement for any of the two defenders but his arrival was timeous and Sundowns should be commended for working around the clock to secure his services.
Lastly, the Tshwane giants managed to hold on to Gaston Sirino who was heavily linked with a possible move to Al Ahly.
Sirino’s relationship with Pitso Mosimane dates way back, but he remains an important member of this current Sundowns team under both Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena.
Not the biggest winners but the Chilli Boys did what they needed to do in order to improve their position on the log this season.
With Dan Malesela back, the club needed players who fit his style of play and it’s not surprising that they brought back Thamsanqa Sangweni and Athini Jobodwana.
Sangweni’s fitness might be questionable but his talent and quality cannot be disputed, especially because he enjoyed his football at Chippa United a few seasons ago.
Cape Town City
The Citizens had a quiet transfer window but they still managed to get what they wanted out of it.
Jan Olde Riekerink acquired the services of former Orlando Pirates attacker Justin Shonga from TTM as they needed someone experienced to lead their attack.
They also managed to convince players such as Craig Martin and Abbubaker Mobara to stay despite huge interest in their services from several Gauteng clubs.