United’s players of choice

2016-07-20 06:00
LEFT: Bryce Moon has been unveiled as one of the new players joining Maritzburg United     PHOTO: gallo images

LEFT: Bryce Moon has been unveiled as one of the new players joining Maritzburg United PHOTO: gallo images

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MARITZBURG United will hold a press conference this morning where they will unveil their new signings for the upcoming PSL season.

The Team of Choice, who are fortunate to start the next season with the same coach as last, will be keen to get going, and prove that the campaign that’s just ended was nothing but a small blip. For them to do that, they will have to strengthen considerably, adding more firepower and defensive steel to an already good outfit.

In recent weeks, The Witness has looked at the number of players who have been linked with the Team of Choice. Today, we look at the players the club has been heavily linked with, and see how they will fit in, and help United avoid a repeat of last season.

The former Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic man will bring the know-how of playing on the big stage to the club.

He should form a strong partnership with Brian Onyango, who showed brief flashes of brilliance last season. If Fransman can help plug United’s leaky defence, they could go very far in the league this coming season.

Another former Bafana Bafana player and league winner whose signing could be a stroke of genius by the club.

If he can rediscover the form that led to him securing a move to the Uefa Champions League, he could be a star for Ernst Middendorp’s side. And, he’s still only 30, so he potentially still has a lot of football left in him.

Bloemfontein Celtic’s Bongani Mpandle will also reportedly sign a three-year-deal with United, having spent last season as Patrick Tignyemb’s understudy.

  • Mukuruva, who has been on trial with the club since pre-season training started, is already a Zimbabwean international at the tender age of 20.
  • He is regarded in the Zimbabwean media as the best goalkeeper, so United could have found themselves a gem. If signed, he might not go straight into the starting line-up, but should provide Virgil Vries with enough competition to push the Namibian all the way for a place in the team.The Rwandan goalkeeper is another player the club has been linked with, although it is unlikely he will be unveiled today. He played an integral part in his club APR FC winning their 16th league title in Rwanda.Blessing Moyo (20-year-old fullback) The defender has a lot of potential, and reportedly caught the interests of Pretoria giants and league champions Mamelodi Sundowns last season. AmaKhosi never followed up on that interest, and it looks like United will benefit from that. Along with Mukuruva, Moyo was a member of Zimbabwe’s squad that took part at the recent Cosafa Cup — won by South Africa — and is believed to have the potential to go very far.
  • Unbelievably, Collins Mbesuma, last season’s top goal scorer in the league, has been struggling to find a club since being released by Mpumalanga Black Aces at the end of last season. While Mbesuma has been heavily linked with Golden Arrows and newly promoted Highlands Park in recent weeks, Maritzburg United have been mentioned as a potential destination in the media. But, it seems like he is unlikely to sign for The Team of Choice. However, a strike force of Mbesuma and Evans Rusike would frighten many teams.

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