Mkhize, Booysen to leave United

2016-07-06 06:00
Maritzburg United have announced that Thamsanqa Mkhize (left) and David Booysen have been released ahead of the new season.                                   PHOTOS: gallo images

Maritzburg United have announced that Thamsanqa Mkhize (left) and David Booysen have been released ahead of the new season. PHOTOS: gallo images

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MARITZBURG United dropped a bombshell this week, announcing that David Booysen and Thamsanqa Mkhize, two crucial players from last season, had left the club.

Both players were ever present in the Team of Choice’s campaign, which saw them seal top flight survival with a victory over Jomo Cosmos on the final day of the 2015/16 season.

Mkhize joined the club in 2013 from Golden Arrows, and although he is naturally a midfielder, he played most of his football at United at right back — a position he made his own last season.

It was Mkhize’s late winner at home against Ajax Cape Town that saw United enter the final game of the season knowing that a win would preserve their Premier League status.

Like Mkhize, Booysen, who joined the club back in 2010, was mainly used out of position, finding himself in the heart of United’s midfield, where he excelled.

The club announced that along with Mkhize and Booysen, Ghanaian striker Mohammed Anas and goalkeeper Tawfeeq Salie were also on the way out of the club, joining Menzi Chili and Khumbulani Banda. Defenders Tamsanqa Teyise and Kwanda Mngon­yama would be returning to their clubs, having been on loan.

However, club chairperson Farook Kadodia did say last week that they were hoping to secure the services of Mngonyama for a third season.

The club are set to announce new signings this week, and among those is expected to be former Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic centre back Bevan Fransman, who was recently released by the Free State club having failed to come to an agreement with his team during contract talks.

Fransman, who has also featured in the Uefa Champions League for Israeli giants Hapoel Tel Aviv, would add much needed steel to United’s fragile defence, which conceded a staggering 53 goals.

The club are also certain to announce the signing of a goalkeeper, having released former national under-23 stopper Salie.

Virgil Vries, who produced a high quality display in their final game of the season against Cosmos, is currently the only senior goalkeeper attached to the club.

This could see the elevation to the first team of Lindokuhle Mathebula, who was a part of United’s impressive Multichoice Diski Challenge campaign last season.

Reports in Zimbabwe state that Harare City defender Blessing Moyo is set to undergo a trial with United. The 20-year-old was linked with a move to Sundowns two years ago.

According to KickOff, United have also made inquiries into the availability of former Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows man Collins Mbesuma, who played for Mpumalanga Black Aces last season, and was not retained as the club moved to Cape Town.

Maritzburg United have, so far, resisted selling the attacking duo of Evans Rusike and Deolin Mekoa, who have both been linked with Sundowns and Chiefs.

Despite reports suggesting that Amakhosi had sweetened their offer by adding Edward Manqele to their proposal, the club last week said that their stance had not changed, and they were not willing to sell their Zimbabwean hitman, and Rio Olympics-bound Mekoa.

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