Maritzburg United announce new recruits

2016-07-20 06:00
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile At the media briefing (from left) Bryce Moon,Farook Kadodia and Ernst   Middendorp.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile At the media briefing (from left) Bryce Moon,Farook Kadodia and Ernst Middendorp.

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MARITZBURG United is hoping to come back stronger after unveiling 10 new players for the upcoming 2016/17 PSL season.

Among the new arrivals scooped by the Team of Choice is former Bafana Bafana defender Bryce Moon, Belgian striker Andrea Fileccia­ and former Bloemfontein Celtics goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle.

Moon’s contract with Mpumalanga Black Aces came to an end in June following the sale of the club, which is relocating to Cape Town under new management.

Speaking at the media briefing on Tuesday at Harry Gwala Stadium, United chairman Farook Kadodia said the 2015/16 season was a frustrating one for the team.

“It’s common knowledge that the club had a very unlucky, frustrating and stressful season. It was difficult to comprehend how a team that was considered by many to be playing well got stuck at the bottom.

“This upcoming season we want to come up and build this team as a team of achievers.”

Farook said the arrival of Ernst Middendorp at that critical time saved the team.

“We will not be making any changes with the technical team. The coach brought about an improved mindset and fighting spirit that saved us from relegation last season and we are grateful that he has signed a further two years with the team.”

He added they consulted with Middendorp prior to signing the new players.

“We did not have the luxury of a huge budget to arrange a lot of big-name. quality players. but we have done our best to secure quality players. We believe that 2016/17 will be a year that supporters will be part of the team.”

The 10 new players are Bryce Moon, Bongani Mpande, Andrea Fillecia, Bevan Fransman, Lebohang Maboe, Themba Tshabalala, Dennis Wieldiech, Luyanda Ntshangase, Devon Saal and Blessing Moyo.

Maritzburg United has also promoted three Pietermaritzburg players from the club’s Multi-Choice Diski team.

Speaking to Maritzburg Echo, Moon said signing with Maritzburg United was an easy move.

“Home is where the heart is and I’ve been a part of this team from way back when it was started with my dad and uncle. I’m happy to be back, looking forward to guiding the youngsters in the team and passing on some of my experience to them.”

Moon said even though Maritzburg United had a tough season last year he believes they still they have potential to return stronger.

“They had a very tough season last year, but the team has proved they have potential and quality players.

“Hopefully we can get some silverware started at Maritzburg United.”

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