The future of United has never been so uncertain

2014-05-28 00:00

THE Maritzburg United saga continues, and appears no closer to ending. The future of the football club has never been this uncertain. As a potential deal to relocate to Port Elizabeth looms, the issue of who will be head coach when pre-season training resumes next month remains up in the air.

Steve Komphela, guided by his agent Tim Sukazi, is still pondering a move to newly promoted Chippa United. In the meantime, the club has to go ahead making some difficult decisions without the guidance of a head coach.

The news broke yesterday that lively Dutch winger/striker Orlando Smeekes will not be staying at United next season. With blistering pace and the potential to shred any defence in the country, Smeekes had made his intentions to stay at the club very clear. But chairperson Farouk Kadodia confirmed yesterday that constant injury problems had hampered Smeekes’s chances of securing a contract extension.

Veteran right back Peter Petersen, virtually non-existent last season, has also played his last match for the Team of Choice. A servant of over 100 caps at United, Petersen may still be involved with the club in a backroom capacity. Kadodia also confirmed that Ghanaian striker Mohammed Yakubu had been placed on the transfer list.

And with left back Ruben Cloete having signed with Bloemfontein Celtic at the end of last season and club captain Michael Morton off to SuperSport United, Maritzburg are cutting a depleted figure at the moment.

Yakubu, a signing under coach Ernst Middendorp, has had a torrid season at Maritzburg after being identified as the club’s first-choice striker. Netting just one goal all season, Yakubu also endured a fight against malaria mid-season that didn’t help matters.

“Of course it is difficult making these decisions without the input of a head coach,” Kadodia told The Witness yesterday.

Delron Buckley, Dillon Sheppard and Robyn Johannes were all released by Komphela towards the end of last season. The bottom line is that Maritzburg need to go shopping, but they need to know who their manager will be next season before they do that.

“I can say that Steve is having second thoughts about joining Chippa,” Kadodia added. “I’m confident that it will be resolved in the next few days, but it is difficult to say anything until that happens.”

On the move to PE, Kadodia confirmed that his board of directors were due back from holiday today and that discussions would open this week.

“I have had no calls from businesses, government or anybody in KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.

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