United target Mandaza

2011-06-09 00:00

MARITZBURG United have expressed interest in Platinum Stars striker Terrance “Terror” Mandaza, who arrived in Rustenburg with a huge reputation from Botswana, but struggled to make any impression in the highly competitive Absa Premiership.

Zimbabwean Mandaza came to Platinum Stars at the start of the season, having set a blistering pace in the Botswana Premier League with Township Rollers and helped them win the league double with an amazing 42 goals in all competitions in a single season.

He had first been scouted by Orlando Pirates and even spent a fortnight in Parktown on trial with Dutchman Ruud Krol running the rule over him. But for some reason Krol was not immediately sold on his wares and Rollers owner Somerset Gobuiwang approached Platinum Stars, who signed the player on the spot.

“Mandaza is a real talent,” said a source. “He has lots of potential and I don’t think he is even aware of his massive potential. The problem with him is that he does not want to work. He is sometimes lazy to knuckle down to hard work and this is his major undoing. I think with his potential, he would be playing for the Zimbabwe national team right now.”

But despite his failings, Maritzburg United managing director Farouk Khadodia revealed that if Platinum Stars could come up with a lower asking fee he would be greatly interested in the marksman.

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