GSV Grading The Deal; SuperSport United

Matsatsantsa A Pitori | SuperSport United
Matsatsantsa A Pitori | SuperSport United
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy

The 2015/16 Premier Soccer League season is now officially underway, while football fanatics from far and wide all experience the mixed bag of emotions that come with being an avid football follower in such entertaining times, we at GSV have served you up a little morsel for thought as we begin to approach the end of the transfer window. Dished out for your reading pleasure, we present to you GSV Grading The Deal, were all the ABSA Premiership clubs will have their acquisitions dissected with the view of shedding more light on the shady world of transfer dealings. Enjoy!

ABSA Premiership

SuperSport United Football Club

Signings

Bongani Khumalo

Transferred From: Tottenham Hotspur (England)

DoB: January 6th, 1987 (28)

Nationality: South African/ Swazi

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Ball-Playing Defender (Centre)

Gert Barends

Transferred From: Chippa United

DoB: August 4th, 1988 (27)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender (Centre)

Michael Boxall

Transferred From: Wellington Phoenix (Australia)

DoB: August 18th, 1988 (27)

Nationality: Australian

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender (Centre)

Grant Kekana

Transferred From: University of Pretoria

DoB: October 31st, 1992 (22)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Ball-Playing Defender, Fullback, Wingback (Left/ Right/ Centre)

Dean Furman

Transferred From: Free Agent

DoB: June 22nd, 1988 (27)

Nationality: South African/ English

Position/s: Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Deep-Lying Playmaker (Regista)

Dové Womé

Transferred From: Mamelodi Sundowns

DoB: June 8th, 1991 (24)

Nationality: Togolese

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Forward, Trequartista, Deep-Lying Forward

Isaka Cernak

Transferred From: Central Coast Mariners (Australia)

DoB: April 9th, 1989 (26)

Nationality: Australian/ Ugandan

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward, Advanced Forward (Left/ Right/ Centre)

Ace Bhengu

Transferred From: Thanda Royal Zulu

DoB: November 19th, 1989 (25)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Deep-Lying Forward, Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Target-Man

Fagrie Lakay

Transferred From: Santos FC

DoB: May 31st, 1997 (18)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Trequartista, Advanced Forward, Deep-Lying Forward, Complete Forward, Poacher

The Grand Stand View

Legendary gaffer Gordon Igesund has wasted no time in stamping his mark on the SuperSport United squad; the tactician is a man renowned for favouring seasoned campaigners over a promising young talent when he casts his eye over talent worth adding to his squad, this knack for finding experienced players that add a distinct quality will be appreciated at a club where talented youngsters are produced by the bucket load every season. Success is the reason Matsatsantsa a Pitori looked to rope in the legendary gaffer, the man knows how to achieve success at the domestic level and he has a team with the talent, ambition, pedigree & resources to ensure that he has a fair shot at adding another League winners’ medal to his trophy cabinet.

SuperSport United have drawn the criticism of many clubs over the years due to their “pre-contract policy”, where the club offers pre-contracts to players with less than 6 months to run on their contracts, the players end up moving to Pretoria on a Bosman Transfer, as free agents, and the clubs they used to play for end up, more often than not, with mud on their faces as they seek to replace a first team player they lost for free. We cannot blame United for having the foresight and organisational efficiency to spot the incompetence or dalliance of their league rivals when it comes to player contracts, the club has managed to continually acquire the services of premier league level talent for peanuts while ensuring that they compile a competitive squad through great transfer deals and the excellent development of elite level ready talent. We should expect to see a much hungrier SuperSport United side this season; the gaffer has had ample time to build a squad that he believes will be in with a sure chance at competing for all major honours and his Australasian imports will have to prove just why their gaffer chose to bring them over to Mzansi. One un-SuperSport United like signing worth watching will be record breaking South African international, Fagrie Lakay, the potential laden wunderkind will be looking to prove his quality while developing further at a club that is world renowned for developing good talent; Fagrie is the calibre of player that United look to develop themselves, his addition may go along ways towards elevating the benchmark for a young player coming up the ranks in Tshwane.

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