Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Revealed: Bradley Grobler and Mabhuti Khanyeza, the first big moves of the South African transfer window

Headed for Tshwane: Bradley Grobler to SupersSport
 Ajax-bound: Mabhuti Khanyeza
SO here they are, the two men at the centre of the first MAJOR transfer of the year.
Mabhuti Khanyeza will leave Gavin Hunt's draw specialists SuperSports United and Bradley Grobler will travel the other way, forsaking troubled Ajax Cape Town for Tshwane.

News of the deal emerged on SportsTalk tonight when Hunt talked to Udo Carelse on Talk Radio 702 and 567CapeTalk. Until then, the bare details were all we had. Grobler, 25, started off life in Boksburg before playing 65 games and scoring 22 goals for Platinum Stars. He then went off to Turkey, scoring six goals. His return to Ajax Cape Town has not gone well as the club struggle in the relegation zone.

Khanyeza is 30, he has played for Golden Arrows, where he scored 37 goals in 112 games. He got 8 in 26 for Kaizer Chiefs but enjoyed his most goal-happy spell in the Mother City with Ajax, where he scored 16 in 24 in 2008-09. Mamelodi Sundowns plucked him from there, but after 57 games and 10 goals, he left for Supersport. A fall-out occured last November, when Hunt had a go about Khanyeza's defending live on television after a 2-2 draw with Chippa United.

Although the rift was smoothed over, Khanyeza has only played five games all season for Matsatsantsa without finding the net.

Who wins in this deal? Grobler has two Bafana caps - one international goal - and is 25. Khanyeza has 10 caps but hasn't scored a goal and is third.

Hunt told us: "There are still details, signing on fees, money paid to various players, stuff like that. But we'll look in to it, get it sorted out.

"We all know Mabhuti should be in double figures by now. He wasn't happy here for whatever reason. And Bradley wasn't getting on well down there. So now we'll make them both happy.
"You know how it is, these things will get done in the end."

Moving on to AFCON, Hunt said: "My last words to Gordon Igesund were: 'Get to the knock-out stages, Gord, we need to keep the interest up! No, seriously, I think he can get out of the group, do well with this Bafana Bafana squad.

"But I do think playing two of the group games in Durban is a mistake. We would have been better off playing all out games in Johannesburg like we did in 1996." 

See also: http://www.kickoff.com/news/32275/supersport-united-coach-gaving-hunt-confirms-mabhuti-khenyezabradley-grobler-swap-deal

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1 comment:

  1. I don't rate either player - don't think they'll make a major improvement to either side.

    Also, why is Gavin one of busiest guys with transfers? Every player these days seem to have a trial at SSU these days.