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Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates: Who won the PSL transfer window?

04:24 GMT+4 23/09/2022
Zitha Kwinika Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022
Have Bucs or Amakhosi done the better business this window?

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have both enjoyed mixed levels of success in the 2022/23 PSL transfer window.

In choosing which of the two sides did the better transfer business, there is little between them.

Both clubs have done okay, but probably not enough to close the growing gap between themselves and the all-conquering Mamelodi Sundowns who are leaving the trailing pack choking on their dust.

It's Pirates though who edge it, and here's why:

  • Siyethemba Sithebe, Yusuf Maart, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022

    The new men

    Chiefs have brought in Siyethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu), Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Lehlogonolo Matlou and Dillon Solomons (all Swallows FC), Ashley Du Preez and Zitha Kwinika (both Stellenbosch FC), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United FC), Edmilson Dove (UD Songo) and Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana (unattached).

    Pirates meanwhile signed Bienvenu Eva Nga from Chippa United, Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Tapelo Xoki (AmaZulu), Nkosinathi Sibisi (Golden Arrows), Miguel Timm (Marumo Gallants), Azola Matrose (Chippa United, loaned straight back to Chippa).

    * The late addition of attacking midfielder Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo from Marumo Gallants further tips the scales in Pirates' favour, as of course does the arrival of Kermit Erasmus from Mamelodi Sundowns - both players should add significantly to Bucs' cause *

  • Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2022

    Quality over quantity

    Chiefs made more signings than the Buccaneers, but quite a few of the new Amakhosi arrivals have not been regulars in the starting XI.

    A higher percentage of Pirates' signings have been playing frequently in the PSL this season.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Tangible results

    Bucs are third on the table and have been more consistent than the Glamour Boys, who

    were nearly sucked into the relegation zone last weekend and are now ninth.

    Another measurable indicator is Pirates' 'Goal Against' column - they have conceded only three goals in eight league matches. Amakhosi have conceded nine in the same number of games.

  • Miguel Timm Orlando Pirates.

    Sea Robbers solid and steady

    It's Xoki, Sibisi and Timm (two centre-backs and a holding midfielder respectively) who have really excelled for Bucs and have made the team better than what it was last season.
    They're not flair players - that's not their jobs, but they have given Pirates a very solid spine and have quickly become integral members of the side.

  • Ashley Du Preez Kaizer Chiefs

    Amakhosi inconsistency

    Zitha Kwinika was immense for the opening six games and has been Amakhosi's best signing so far.

    However, he's made some costly mistakes in the last few games which have taken a little shine off his start.

    Others like du Preez and Solomons have been good at times but have lacked consistency, while Sithebe is not yet influencing matches like he used to do with AmaZulu.

    You could probably say that Kwinika and Maart have added to what Chiefs already had, but the verdict is still out on the rest.

  • Bienvenu Eva Nga, Orlando Pirates & Yagan Sasman, Swallows FC, August 2022

    Forward woes

    Scoring goals and finding reliable marksmen has been an issue for both clubs, and while Makgopa's injury has not helped, neither of the Soweto giants are looking especially potent up front these days despite the new men; the best of the new signings have been defence-minded players.