Who is Orlando Smeekes?

2014-07-07 00:00

ORLANDO Smeekes joined Maritzburg United in June 2012 under then coach Ernst Middendorp, who had been an admirer of the Dutchman’s ability in the lower German leagues.

Smeekes, a winger with the potential to play up front, has also played in Holland.

His time at Maritzburg United was plagued by injury and despite spending two full seasons at the club, he was released at the end of the 2013/14 season. Under coach Steve Komphela, he was instrumental in Maritzburg United’s revival this year and steered them away from the relegation zone of the PSL. Currently without a club, Smeekes has been vocal on his fondness for South Africa and his desire to stay in the country. He is looking for a new club, but has also not ruled out a move back to Europe.

A crowd favourite at Harry Gwala Stadium with his unorthodox style, the 32-year-old has built up a reputation for himself as one of the quickest players in the league.

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