GSV Grading The Deal; University of Pretoria

Amatuks | University of Pretoria
Amatuks | University of Pretoria
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

University of Pretoria Football Club

Signings

Vukile Mngqibisa

Transferred From: Polokwane City

DoB: November 28th, 1987 (27)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender

Willem Mwedihanga

Transferred From: AmaZulu FC

DoB: January 7th, 1986 (29)

Nationality: Namibian

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Fullback, Wingback (Right/ Centre)

Kabelo Lichaba

Transferred From: Polokwane City

DoB: September 25th, 1986 (28)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Fullback, Wingback (Left)

Sibusiso Mthethwa

Transferred From: Free State Stars

DoB: March 26th, 1991 (24)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Box-To-Box Midfielder

Harry Edge

Transferred From: PEC Zwolle u/21 (Holland)

DoB: March 1st, 1994 (21)

Nationality: New Zealand

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

Bongani Nyathi

Transferred From: Platinum Stars

DoB: April 27th, 1989 (26)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista

Getaneh Kebede

Transferred From: BidVest Wits (Loan)

DoB: April 2nd, 1992 (23)

Nationality: Ethiopian

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Target-Man

Lennox Bacela

Transferred From: Orlando Pirates

DoB: April 13th, 1983 (32)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Target Man

Sphamandla Dlamini

Transferred From: Free Agent

DoB: July 14th, 1994 (21)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Poacher

Thabiso Nkoana

Transferred From: SuperSport United

DoB: October 28th, 1992 (22)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Poacher

The Grand Stand View

Consistency will be the word for the season at the Tuks ABSA Stadium this season, AmaTuks have the potential to establish themselves as a legendary institution within the South African football kingdom and they will be looking to return to that enterprising brand of football which helped them elevate to where they are today. Gaffer, Sammy Troughton, has remained true to the recent club policy of looking towards more experienced recruits coming in through the transfer market to add some resilience to their otherwise youthful side. 13th place did not reflect the quality within the team last season, the entire team will be eager to reinstate themselves as a truly premier club in the Premiership and the new acquisitions should add some nous and ability to the roster.

While this transfer policy does allow them to be a lot more competitive in many regards, it has stalled the progress of some promising younger players on the roster and there is a dire need for balance in the usage of personnel; the young talents add an exciting spark to the side that most teams cannot cope with, the experienced campaigners should be used to add to that talented nucleus and afford the club an optimal opportunity at success on and off the field.  With the middle part of the league becoming even more congested, 11 points separated 6th from 15th last season, AmaTuks will know that they will have to be far more consistent if they are to push back up the table and curb this downward spiral they seem to have been on for a couple of seasons; the new recruits mean that there are now a considerable number of quality and experienced campaigners available to the gaffer and we should be expecting to see the real University of Pretoria turning up more consistently this season.

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