The deadline for player transfers ended at 12 midnight on Tuesday, 31 August 2004, and one player who missed the boat is Jabulani 'S-Curl' Mendu of defending PSL champions Kaizer Chiefs.
Mendu has not trained with the team for three months, but is yet to receive his clearance from the club and may therefore end up being sidelined for the entire season, at a time when he should be making his mark on the local scene and even pushing for a place in the Bafana Bafana side.
The player is reaching what should be the prime of his career, and with the midfield holding role being a problematic position for Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, now would have been an ideal opportunity for Mendu to make his mark at international level.
However, the player is still with the Amakhosi, and is now involved in a salary dispute with the club.
Chiefs claim that they are surprised that the troubled midfielder is demanding to be paid for the last three months, despite not having featured in the team.
The club are not likely to bow to his demands as they say that it was Mendu that quit the club in the first place, according to the club's website.
In a statement issued, the club claim that they have witnesses who saw Mendu tell Team Manager, Bobby Motaung that he "would not be going to the clubs off-season, Vodacom Challenge camp in Mafikeng because he had made up his mind about his future with the us and indicated his intentions to leave the club, to club chairman, Kaizer Motaung in a hastily arranged meeting, and subsequently he, at his own will stayed away from work (training)".
Motaung also says that Mendu sent a letter to the club requesting that he be released, and subsequently Chiefs went out into the market in order to find a replacement for the player.
Chiefs has apparently been approached by Ajax Cape Town regarding a swap deal for the player, while Swallows also showed an interest in him, but did not come up with a firm offer, leaving the player kicking his heels on the sidelines as the rest of the league swings into action.