Fabian McCarthy may join United

2008-07-22 00:00

Maritzburg United have stepped up their recruitment of players for the new PSL season, with coach Gordon Igesund “having a look” at a number of local and African players at the team’s training sessions at the local university grounds.

Amongst the players on trial, Igesund has also invited former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana central defender Fabian McCarthy to train with United for a week.

Speaking to The Witness before yesterday afternoon’s training session, Igesund confirmed the arrival of McCarthy, as well as a number of players from Guinea and Nigeria who will be assessed over the next week.

“We are very happy to have Fabian down, as he is someone we feel could make a major contribution for us in the PSL,” Igesund said.

The United coach did stress, however, that nothing was finalised and that a decision on McCarthy and other potential signings would be made by next week.

“Obviously Fabian’s credentials are not in doubt,” Igesund explained. “Basically this is an opportunity for us to see how he would fit in to the team, if he has the hunger to take on this new challenge, and how he likes the set-up here.”

McCarthy, who was released from his contract by Kaizer Chiefs at the end of last season, has previously played for Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic and has won 10 caps for Bafana Bafana.

Ironically, the 31-year-old central defender was recently quoted as saying he may join the winner of the promotion playoffs between FC AK and United.

If all goes well this week, the former Amakhosi stalwart will turn his prediction into reality.

Meanwhile, United will play in two friendly matches this week. The first will be this afternoon at the local university grounds against a team from the Mvela Golden League, before taking on Free State Stars at the same venue on Saturday.

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