Back to business for PSL clubs
While the clock ticks down for the 2013 AFCON, the PSL clubs are back in full training after the Christmas break. PSL.co.za takes a look at the news coming out of the various teams…
Ajax Cape Town
Despite reports linking Khama Billiat with a number of rival PSL teams, Ajax Cape Town CEO George Comitis has confirmed that the Zimbabwean is not leaving Ikamva.
Former Golden Arrows midfielder Njabulo Manqana began training with Usuthu after signing a six month deal.
Bidvest Wits confirmed that their contract with head coach, Antonio Lopez, has been terminated by mutual consent, and that Clive Barker has taken over.
Black Leopards announced that assistant coach Abel Makhubele has been appointed as care-taker coach of the first team until the end of the current 2012-2013 season.
Free State Stars
Midfielder Katlego Mashego is expected to be back within the next month, following his leg break in a match against Bloemfontein Celtic towards the end of last year.
Former Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and Ethiopia international striker Fikru Tefera has joined Ea Lla Koto.
Abafana bes’Thende returned to full training last Monday (7 January 2013)
AmaKhosi celebrated their 43rd birthday on Monday, 7 January 2013.
Morgan Gould returned to training after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, having undergone surgery on an achilles tendon injury back in August last year.
Coach Pitso Mosimane says that Downs are “in the market for a centre back and a natural left winger”, at the same time denying several other rumours of players linked to the Tshwane club.
Mosimane also confirmed that Edward Manqele, Eleazar Rodgers and Hlompho Kekana will stay at the club and will not be loaned out.
The former Bafana coach also stated: "we want to keep Teko Modise and Katlego Mphela, and I know that they want to stay with us as well…I’d love to bring back Ramahlwe Mphahlele, who is currently on loan at TUKS, as he can help us strengthen the defence.”
Maritzburg United centre back Mohamed Awal has been selected for Ghana’s final squad of 23 players for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Swallows boss Leon Prins told a local football website that he has no intention of delving into the transfer market and also confirmed that Siyabonga Nomvethe is back in training.
Senzo Meyiwa who capped off 2012 with a call up to the Bafana Bafana squad, was voted Bucs’ Player of the Month for December.
Matsatsantsa began training at the Groenkloof Campus on Thursday January 10, 2013.
Bafana Bafana winger Thuso Phala has been linked in the media with a move to Kaizer Chiefs, but the player’s agent told a local soccer website that there have been no talks with AmaKhosi.
University of Pretoria
AmaTuks partnered with the MSA Group in a CSI project in Bapong village on the outskirts of Brits, North West Province. The project involves visiting Thlalefang Day-care centre with MSA employees and their families to do renovations and donate equipment.
*Unless otherwise stated, the above information has been taken from the official websites of the PSL clubs.