Kadodia: ‘United is not up for sale’

2012-10-18 00:00

WITH Maritzburg United preparing for their massive Telkom Knockout first round fixture against Moroka Swallows this Saturday, club chairperson Farouk Kadodia was left infuriated on Tuesday when media reports suggested that he was considering selling the franchise to a Limpopo-based businessman.

“I haven’t had any approaches, I haven’t spoken to anybody and it is very disappointing that these guys would write such stories based on nothing,” the chairperson told The Witness yesterday.

United was heavily linked with a permanent move to Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay stadium at the start of the season, but the chairperson says that after that possibility was put to bed, there has only been one home for United.

“We are in Pietermaritzburg and we are staying in Pietermaritzburg — the club is not for sale.”

Speaking of matters on the pitch, Kadodia was far more at ease.

“We are very happy with the start we have had to the season. The manager has managed what is a shoestring squad very well, avoiding suspensions and injuries,” Kadodia said.

And why wouldn’t he be happy?

United have amassed 12 points so far this season and sit in fifth place on the PSL table.

They are level on points with their opponents this weekend, with Moroka Swallows occupying third spot via a superior goal difference.

With United fans desperate to challenge for trophies this term, Kadodia knows that Saturday’s affair is crucial.

“It is a very important game and it will speak volumes about how far we have come since the building blocks that were put in place at the start of the season,” he said.

“If the result goes our way, then we will know that we are in a place where we can challenge for silverware.”

With only 21 players currently making up United’s squad, Kadodia added that he will be looking at bringing in at least three new faces in the January transfer window.

Saturday’s clash kicks off an exciting week for Harry Gwala.

Just six days after the Swallows match, PSL actions resumes and United will host Soweto giants and log leaders Kaizer Chiefs on October 26.

“It is very exciting for the fans that we have two of the PSL’s big boys in town within a week,” said Kadodia.

With Delron Buckley expected to have recovered from the slight back strain that kept him out of Bafana Bafana’s 2-1 victory over Kenya on Tuesday night and Cuthbert Malajila returning unscathed from international duty with Zimbabwe, United have no injury worries ahead of Saturday.

That said, attacking midfielder Mthokozisi Yende is suspended and will miss both the Swallows and Chiefs matches after being sent off in United’s 1-0 victory over Chippa United on October 5.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 8.15 pm and will be televised on SuperSport Blitz.

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