Absa Premiership

Maritzburg hit out at 'false' claims on future of two star players

 Rushine de Reuck (Gallo Images)
Rushine de Reuck (Gallo Images)

Maritzburg United have hit out at 'false' claims that two of their players have agreed deals to join Orlando Pirates.

It was reported this week that Team of Choice goalkeeper Richard Ofori and defender Rushine De Reuck have signed contracts that would see the duo join the Buccaneers ahead of next season.

The KZN club have however released a statement shooting down those reports.

The statement said: "Maritzburg United Football Club are disappointed to see the false media reports regarding two of its players, Richard Ofori and Rushine De Reuck.

"It was written this week that the two standout performers are set to join another Premier Soccer League (PSL) club at the end of the season.

"Not only are these stories completely unsubstantiated and false, but they are unsettling to the two players, their teammates, the coaching staff, club management, the supporters and everyone involved with the KwaZulu-Natal Capital City club."

Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia added that they have received offers from overseas clubs but that both players are not for sale.

Kadodia said in quotes published on the club's website: "The club refutes all irresponsible media speculation regarding the transfer of its prized assets, Richard Ofori and Rushine De Reuck.

"Certain journalists are placing the players under unnecessary pressure and linking the club to swap deals.

"The club would like to place on record that both players are not for sale. To date we have received a few inquiries from agents representing clubs abroad.

"The players are focused on extending the team's winning run and achieving a top-five finish."

The Maritzburg chairman added: "The players are contracted to Maritzburg United Football Club and we request that all clubs and media act responsibly and follow the required protocol.

"Our journey on growing the brand is our priority and we will not allow any detractors."

- TEAMtalk media

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