The University of Pretoria (AmaTuks) has brought in reinforcements in the form of four new signings in the January 2017 transfer window, ahead of the second half of the season in the National First Division. The players consist of striker Ryan Chapman from Santos, midfielder Siphesihle Sangweni and wingback Auguston Leonard (who have moved from Orlando Pirates and Highlands Park F.C., respectively on loan till the end of the season), and defender Kyle Davies.
The 29-year-old centre forward from Cape Town is a seasoned campaigner in South African football, with a vast amount of experience under his belt, having played for several PSL teams which have seen him earn two international caps for Bafana Bafana. His PSL career commenced with Santos F.C. in the 2006/07 PSL season and gained traction when in 2010 he made the move over to Bidvest Wits where he enjoyed three successful seasons at the Joburg outfit. Chapman then had loan stints for SuperSport United in the 2014/15 PSL season and Golden Arrows in the 2015/16 season (which ultimately came to a premature end). Before joining AmaTuks, Chapman left Bidvest Wits, becoming a free agent and making brief return to Santos F.C.
The left back initially emerged onto the professional football scene when he was discovered through the Nedbank Ke Yona team search programme, and subsequently played for the team in 2013. His performance for the Nedbank KeYona team in 2013 sparked interest from PSL giants Orlando Pirates, who eventually signed him on a two-year contract. Davies found game time hard to come by at Pirates and was sent on loan to Royal Eagles in 2015 where he struggled for game time as well. After some unsuccessful attempts to find clubs to play in, Davies will be looking to reinvigorate his career at AmaTuks and produce the form that saw him spark the interest of Pirates.
Despite only being the ripe age of 19, Sangweni has been generating interest since he was 17. The central midfielder initially impressed in the 2014/15 MultichoiceDiski Challenge for Orlando Pirates, but has found it difficult to get game time for the senior team. In 2015 Sangweni was sent out on a loan spell to Golden Arrows in order to ensure that he received regular game time and for his growth and progression as a player.
The 25-year-old wingback is struggling to get some game time at his current club Highlands Park F.C., allowing for him to be sent out on loan in search for some more match time. In the early stages of his career Leonard played for Moroka Swallows. During his tenure at Swallows he went on loan to Bloemfontein Celtics in 2012, where he eventually moved to the Bloemfontein-based outfit. During his time at Celtics he was loaned out to Milano United in 2014.