Pre-season signings: United change decision on SuperSport duo and pursue Downs’ Spencer instead

2010-08-11 00:00

MARITZBURG United have decided against signing two SuperSport United transfer-listed players, strikers Petrus Mahlatsi and Ugandan Brian Umony, and set their sights on unsettled Mamelodi Sundowns utility player Derreck Spencer.

The two players have been under German coach Ernst Middendorp’s close scrutiny, featuring in a series of friendly matches in the past two weeks with the midlands team.

Mahlatsi, who is desperately seeking to revive the good football he showed at Bloemfontein Celtic some seasons ago, looked impressive during the trials and even scored a couple of goals.

However, it appears their performance did not convince Middendorp to offer them contracts.

United brand manager Younis Kadodia revealed taht the club will not sign the duo.

“When we released our two strikers, Collins Zimba and Brice Aka, the coach felt he needed some quality replacement.

“The search for strikers is still on and we are hopeful we will conclude deals before the season starts,” said Kadodia.

Although Kadodia did not deny or confirm interest in Spencer, our sources have revealed that the former Kaizer Chiefs player is very much on United’s wish-list.

Meanwhile, United have promoted two youngsters from their academy and added four recruits from the Second Division to their set-up.

They are striker Ronaldo Donnely, wingers Sheldon Lawrence and Lindani Ndlovu, rightback Rhece Evans, utility defender Andile Gcabisa and central defender Ayanda Ndlovu.

Lawrence’s dashing pace and quality cross delivery down the left flank has been likened to Bafana Bafana international Daine Klate.

Donnely set some tounges wagging during the recent Uthukela Mayoral Cup in Ladysmith, scoring two goals in the one-day tournament.

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