Hulamin sponsors Maritzburg reserves for Diski

2014-09-12 00:00

IT is a rare sight to see a sponsor on a Maritzburg United jersey, but Midlands-based aluminium manufacturers Hulamin have taken up that mantle.

A deal was struck between the club and the company on Wednesday night, though the sponsorship will only benefit the Team of Choice’s reserve side that is set to play in the newly formed Multichoice Diski Challenge — the PSL’s attempt at an official reserve league. Still, things are looking up for United after the club benefited from a R36 million three year deal courtesy of the Msunduzi Municipality at the start of the season.

“Maritzburg United is the fastest growing sports brand in KZN,” United chairman Farouk Kadodia said in his chairmen’s address at the launch of the deal. “The potential for the brand to be highly competitive with other local football brands in the PSL is huge.

“It’s the first time in the history of the club that we have a title sponsor that will ensure our reserve team are well resourced to be able to be competitive.”

Hulamin also confirmed that there would be opportunities for youngsters in the Maritzburg United set-up to apply for academic bursaries to further their qualifications outside of football.

Maritzburg’s marketing and communications manager Brian Zuma told The Witness yesterday that the sponsorship was signed on a one-year deal, and that how much it was worth could not be revealed. “All of the reserve league games are televised and it provides Hulamin with a great opportunity to get involved,” said Zuma. “What it means for us is that our young boys can now be exposed to the same resources that our senior team enjoy.”

Zuma confirmed that the reserve side would be coached by former Free State Stars man Siyabonga Mdluli, who worked under United boss Steve Komphela at his the coach’s former club. Maritzburg, without a title sponsor since their promotion to the PSL in the 2007/8 season, had an U19 Colts team before the launch of the reserve league, and Zuma confirmed that they needed to bring in a few more youngsters to stock up for the Diski Challenge.

“We have viewed youngsters from our Nashua Maritzburg United High Schools tournament and we invited the five best players from each school to attend trials for our new reserve team,” confirmed Zuma.

The Diski Challenge gets under way at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi tomorrow, with four matches taking place. The Maritzburg United reserves are in action at 12.30 pm, when they take on the Kaizer Chiefs reserves.

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