Onyango still with United, delayed due to visa issues

2017-07-26 12:57
Maritzburg United defender Brian Onyango of Kenya is expected back in the country this week, according to the local club. The player has been linked to Sundowns.

Maritzburg United defender Brian Onyango of Kenya is expected back in the country this week, according to the local club. The player has been linked to Sundowns. (Gallo Images)

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Maritzburg United have distanced themselves from reports indicating that defender Brian Onyango has failed to report for pre-season training, amid speculation linking the Kenyan international with a move to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Team of Choice, who take on Ajax Cape Town in a friendly match on Wednesday (today) as part of their training camp in Potchefstroom this week, maintain that Onyango still belongs to the club. 

Recent media reports claimed that Onyango has gone AWOL and that the local club believe that Sundowns have something to do with his alleged disappearance. However, club chairperson and managing director Farook Kadodia has since refuted these claims.

Speaking to The Witness on Tuesday, he explained that the 23-year-old defender, who was initially due to report for training last week, has had his flight delayed because of an issue with his visa.

Kadodia added that the Kenyan is expected back this week as soon as his document issues have been sorted out.

“All we said [to a reporter from a football website] was that the player was not back from Kenya but he would be back shortly because of visa issues.

“I think there was a miscommunication between the reporter and his website. They are now trying to say that we made a mistake, which is a lie. They’ve made it seem like we’ve issued a statement regarding the matter, which is a lie.

“The player will be back in South Africa this week. There were some administrative documents that we needed from Kenya, so he had to basically delay his flight. He was supposed to have arrived last week. But, we’ve allowed him to come back this week because of the paperwork we needed from Kenya. He’ll be here within the next day or two,’’ Kadodia told the paper.

Pressed to clarify if Sundowns had made an offer for Onyango, Kadodia responded: “Yes, there have been links with Mamelodi Sundowns, but there was nothing concrete. There still is nothing concrete. But, at the end of the day Sundowns say they have come out of a deal, that’s their prerogative, but they haven’t told us anything.”

Meanwhile, the local Absa Premiership side have confirmed the capture of former Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Jethren Barr, after he impressed during his two-week trial at the club. 

The 21-year-old Pinetown-born shot-stopper signed a three-year contract with United, adding to their options for their goalkeeping department.

The Witness reported last week that the former Stellenbosch FC player was being assessed by United coach Fadlu Davids in the hope of signing him.

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