Maritzburg to recruit more players

Eric Tinkler (Supplied)
Eric Tinkler (Supplied)

Cape Town - Maritzburg United plan to make three or more further signings this week and the candidates include former Bidvest Wits midfielder Daylon Claasen, New Zealand defender Dan Morgan and Bloem Celtic striker Ndumiso Mabena.

That’s the word from club boss Farook Kadodia, whose outfit have recruited five men so far for the forthcoming Absa Premiership campaign, including Zim­babwean attacking midfielder Gabriel Nyoni and local defender Kwanda Mngonyama.

Morgan is a 28-year-old leftback from Auckland trying his luck in South Africa and former Bafana Bafana player Claasen (29) is also among a handful of players on trial during United coach Eric Tinkler’s current training camp in Limpopo.

In revealing this, Kadodia says Tinkler will soon let him know which of these men deserve to be contracted by the club, while negotiations have already begun separately with Mabena but the club boss says the experienced Celtic hit-man will have to make himself cheaper to get a deal.

“We hope to make at least three more signings this week so that the coach can finalise his technical preparations for the new season. The sooner these get done, the better,” said Kadodia yesterday.

“Morgan, Claasen, Siyabonga Sangweni and a couple of foreigners have been invited to the camp in Limpopo and the coach is seeing how the players could fit into different positions and combinations for the new season. For example, Morgan could get a chance to be signed by us if the coach is happy the player would fit well into a four-four-two formation.

“The same applies to Claasen in terms of midfield operations. As for Mabena, contract talks are progressing and we hope to finalise things in coming days, as I said.”

Players who have left the club recently for various reasons include striker Yannick Zakri, defenders Brian Onyango and Denwin Farmer and midfielders Siphesihle Ndlovu and Fortune Makaringe.

Though Onyango was the team’s skipper last season, his injury problems, coupled with the modest club having a limited budget to take size­able risks on players, have made Tinkler decide not to keep him, according to Kadodia.

The new Premiership season is due to start on the first weekend of August and United, after returning from Limpopo on Friday, will feature in two pre-season tournaments over the next two weekends in Maritzburg and Durban as final warm-ups.

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