PSL: it's time to beef up
THE transfer window is now open in South Africa, with players able to move between clubs. Over the next three days, The Times' soccer writer Nick Said will take a look at where each Absa Premier League team needs to beef up its squad for the 2012-13 campaign.
Ajax Cape Town
The Urban Warriors are desperately in need of fresh defensive cover, both at centre-back and in the left back position. Only Black Leopards conceded more than their 49 league goals last season.
They also need a new number nine, a targetman forward who can compete with Terror Fanteni in the starting position.
Usuthu are desperate to find more firepower after scoring just 32 goals last season. Only Maritzburg United and Jomo Cosmos netted fewer.
The signing of Sifiso Vilakazi will help, but they probably need one more striker at least.
They could also do with adding some width to the midfield.
Leopards are set to have a major clear-out and will need to strengthen in all areas, particularly the centre of their defence, which looked vulnerable all season. A midfield strongman is essential too, as well as another forward to complement Kingston Nkhatha. They are also in the hunt for an experienced goalkeeper after releasing Posnett Omony.
Celtic are another side undergoing major change and will be looking for players across the park.
Having let fullbacks Kgotso Moleko and Prince Hlela leave, that will be a priority, but they might need another forward as well, having already signed Siyabonga Nontshinga. His only real competition at this stage is Lennox Bacela.
The team has good width to it and is also strong in the goalkeeper department.
Free State Stars
Stars have been conservative in their signings over recent seasons and any changes at the club will be dictated by who leaves.
At the moment they will be happy to recruit from the lower leagues to add to their depth, but should they lose Edward Manqele, Mzikayise Mashaba or Kennedy Mweene, they will need experienced PSL players to replace those key men. Otherwise, the squad has good depth in most positions.
Tomorrow we look at Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows, Mamelodi Sundowns, Maritzburg United and Moroka Swallows.