Mahlatsi and Omony will be on trial during Uthukela Mayoral Cup

2010-07-29 00:00

MARITZBURG United will be scrutinising two established strikers they have on trial, plus five young players, when they participate in Sunday’s Uthukela Mayoral Cup pre-season friendly tournament in Ladysmith.

United have been drawn to play an Uthukela Invitational XI in the first semi-final of the one-day tournament, with AmaZulu meeting Wits University in the other match.

Maritzburg CEO Afzal Khan said two strikers they have on trial will be looked at closely by coach Ernst Middendorp at the tournament.

“Strikers Petrus Mahlatsi and [Ugandan] Brian Omony from SuperSport United are on trial with us for a week and we will be having a good look at them during the Mayoral Cup,” Khan said.

“We are still in negotiations with Mamelodi Sundowns to have [midfielder] Kurt Lentjies, and then with the signing of a centre-back and a striker our squad will be coming together in a strong way.

“We are not losing any of our major players from last season except [central defender] Mario Booysen, who is going back to Ajax Cape Town. We have the core of the squad together and then are looking to strengthen it in key areas.

“We are still trying to finalise the signing of [Nigerian forward] Ayo Oluwafemi from Jomo Cosmos and that will sort out the left side.

“If we can sign Lentjies, we have already tied up [goalkeeper] Shu-aib Walters and with the strikers and a central defender, that’s about five quality signings on top of the 15 players we have on our books.

“Then there are three exciting youngsters we might promote from our development, plus two other young players from Vodacom League sides in KZN and Cape Town. We should have most of our decisions finalised after the weekend in Ladysmith.”

Khan appealed to United supporters to phone in or SMS to boost the club’s disappointing voting figures for next Saturday’s Telkom Charity Cup. Maritzburg are currently in 13th place with just 124 votes.

“We do realise that we don’t have a realistic chance of making it so we haven’t gone out of our way to mount a campaign for this season,” Khan said. “We are thinking of trying to mount a campaign for next season, perhaps in partnership with The Witness.

“But even for this season, it would be nice to get the supporters moving and start building interest for the new season, so we wouldn’t mind a few calls to boost our figures.”

To vote call 086 222 2508 or SMS the team’s name to 34620.

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