SuperSport is home to overseas retirees

2011-02-05 20:00

SuperSport United’s growing ­reputation as the destination of choice for players returning from overseas contracts looks likely to grow.

This follows the news of the imminent signing of Bafana Bafana midfielder Macbeth Sibaya, who is reported to be returning home after a long stint in ­Europe.

The long list of players formerly based in Europe and now on ­United’s books includes Bradley Carnell, Glen Salmon, Kermit ­Erasmus, Rowen Fernandez and Sibusiso Zuma.

All but one of the returnees are more than 30 years old; hence United have been labelled a ­“retirement village”.

First to come on board was former Bafana striker Salmon, who joined the team in 2008 ­after spending nine years abroad playing in Holland and Greece.

But the former striker for Greek side PAOK FC has been plagued by injuries that have ­limited his game time.

Early this season, United brought former Kaizer Chiefs defender Carnell (33) back from Germany.

The erstwhile VfB Stuttgart ­defender has also been sidelined by injuries that forced him to miss several United games.

Last month Fernandez also joined the defending Absa ­Premiership champions after playing for German side Arminia Bielefeld. The 32-year-old’s ­arrival was seen as the beginning of good things to come for ­United, but Matsatsantsa a Pitori have lost three games already since his ­arrival.

Now United have signed a pre-contract with Zuma (35), who will join at the end of season.

The former Bafana striker has been in fine fettle for Cape Town-based Vasco Da Gama, but he is also injury prone.

Now United are also chasing another Bafana stalwart, Sibaya, who could join any time as he is out of contract at Russian club Rubin Kazan.

The club’s commercial director, Jose Ferreira, disputed the notion that his club was a “retirement village”, saying they needed experienced players to guide the youngsters.

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