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Why Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates' transfer windows were not failures

11:18 IST 01/02/2022
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Both of the Soweto giants had been linked with players, but in the end, no external deals were done

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates both failed to do any significant business in the January transfer window, much to the disappointment of some of their supporters.

  • Teboho Mokoena, Mamelodi Sundowns

    Sundowns envy?

    Probably what made things worse for Pirates and Chiefs fans was that the club which has leap-frogged both of them to the top of the South African football pyramid, Mamelodi Sundowns, did make significant new signings.

    However, it can also be argued that neither Chiefs nor Pirates actually need to make mid-season additions.

  • Lebogang Manyama, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2021

    Healthy squads

    Mid-season signings are often made as a stop-gap measure when a team is struggling with injuries to key players; perhaps they're short of a centre-back or a striker for example. But both Bucs and Amakhosi are currently welcoming back players from the injury list and therefore that argument is not relevant. Both sides currently are not far off having a clean bill of health.

  • Sabelo Radebe, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2021

    Youth development

    Both clubs have given decent opportunities to their development players over the past year, especially Chiefs. Bringing in new players may have set those youngsters back and given them less chance of game-time.

  • Orlando Pirates 2021.

    Not the ideal time

    Ideally, signings are made before the season, so that the technical team has more time to integrate the players, and so that the players are able to get used to the new environment. When arriving mid-season, it can be harder to hit the ground running - a new player needs to get to know his teammates, and the systems the side plays.

  • Victor Letsoalo of Royal AM challenged by Cole Alexander of Kaizer Chiefs

    Difficult to do deals

    There were in all honesty, not that many players on the market who were available, and who would genuinely have bolstered Chiefs or Pirates.

    Victor Letsoalo was one exception, but not many PSL sides want to lose their top players, and if they do, they're going to want to be heavily compensated. Panic buying in January can prove risky - not getting in the right players, and is overly costly.

  • Orlando Pirates fans

    Fans wanted it more?

    There are no obvious weaknesses in either the Chiefs or the Pirates squad, and both have good depth and have added to their squads significantly over the past year. It's up to the coaches to get the most out of what they have, and then to look at clearing out some players come end of season - in order to make space for new additions rather than ending up with bloated squads.

    It felt more like the fans wanted their clubs to make signings for the sake of it.