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Ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates stars among the top five PSL free agents

10:11 AM EDT 10/6/22
Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates and Lebogang Manyama of Kaizer Chiefs, February 2020
There are plenty of big-name players available with the local transfer window having closed last month.

The South African winter transfer window closed on September 23, but there are players who can still be signed by clubs outside the window.

Free agents become a precious commodity especially when clubs are hit by injuries and suspensions or positive results are not forthcoming.  

With the next transfer window set to open in January 2023, some clubs might be tempted into reinforcing their squads with several quality players currently unattached. 

GOAL picked the PSL's top five free agents. 

  • Ndumiso Mabena, former Royal AM star, May 2022

    Ndumiso Mabena

    The experienced marksman parted ways with Royal AM just before the recent transfer window closed having been embroiled in a court battle with the KwaZulu-Natal side due to his unpaid wages.

    Mabena is currently training with his former club Orlando Pirates and the club's head coach Jose Riveiro has divulged that the senior management will decide whether or not to sign the 35-year-old player who has also been linked with Chippa United and Maritzburg United.

  • Daniel Akpeyi, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2020

    Daniel Akpeyi

    The Nigeria international has been linked with several PSL clubs since he left Kaizer Chiefs at the end of last season, but he is still unattached four months into the current campaign. 

    Last month, Sekhukhune United were tipped to sign Akpeyi before he started training with Swallows FC who indicated that they are interested in signing him amid the Soweto giants' current Fifa transfer ban. Akpeyi has also been linked with his former club, Chippa United.

  • Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    Happy Jele

    The veteran defender remains clubless since leaving Orlando Pirates in June this year as the Soweto giants decided against renewing his contract and he was offered a non-playing contract.

    However, Jele, 35, turned down the offer as he looked to continue playing having reportedly attracted interest from Royal AM, but he is said to have failed to reach an agreement with the Durban side due to his high wage demands. Swallows have also been credited with an interest in the double treble winning centre back.

  • Lebogang Manyama, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2021

    Lebogang Manyama

    The 2016/17 PSL Footballer of the Season is currently training with Cape Town City where he also underwent his rehabilitation having been released by Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the season while carrying a knee injury.

    The Citizens have indicated that they are open to re-signing Manyama, 32, who captained the team to its first major trophy, Telkom Knockout Cup during the 2016/17 campaign.

  • Wayde Jooste, Orlando Pirates, August 2021

    Wayde Jooste

    The gifted right-back-come-right-winger is another former player who is clubless since leaving Orlando Pirates a few months ago and he was tipped to join SuperSport United after leaving the Buccaneers.

    However, Jooste is yet to be signed by Matsatsantsa as he continues to train with the Tshwane giants while hoping to impress coach Gavin Hunt and sign a deal with the club. Chippa United were at some point believed to be interested in the 31-year-old player.

  • Phakamani Mahlambi Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2018

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    Ex-SuperSport United star Buhle Mkhwanazi, former Kaizer Chiefs trio of Leonardo Castro, Kgotso Moleko and Philani Zulu, Zambia international Nathan Sinkala, former Mamelodi Sundowns duo of Phakamani Mahlambi and Tebogo Langerman are still free agents.