Soccer | Ryan Moon jets off to Sweden

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Maritzburg-raised Ryan Moon is exchanging Stellenbosch FC for Swedish top-flight side Varberg.
Maritzburg-raised Ryan Moon is exchanging Stellenbosch FC for Swedish top-flight side Varberg.

Pietermaritzburg footballer Ryan Moon is off on a new adventure.

Stellenbosch FC have confirmed the sale of the striker to Swedish top-flight side Varberg, where he will join several other South African players.

The 24-year-old, who has also previously played for Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United in the DStv Premiership, leaves Stellenbosch with immediate effect, as the transfer window in Sweden is open.

“It is always pleasing to see players follow their dreams. Ryan has always wanted to apply his trade in Europe and we’re happy for a player like that to go on and achieve what he has set out. We wish him all the best,” Stellenbosch coach Steve Barker said.

Since making his top-flight debut at Maritzburg in February 2016 under Ernst Middendorp, Moon has represented Chiefs and the Cape Town-based outfit, scoring 10 goals in 69 league games.

He joins former Ajax Amsterdam and South Africa junior international Dean Solomons (22), who signed on a free transfer after leaving the Dutch giants at the end of last season.

Both players are believed to have signed three-year contracts with the ambitious Swedish side who finished 11th in the 16-team division during their first-ever top-flight campaign last season.

The duo join compatriots Keanin Ayer (20), Tashreeq Matthews (20) and Luke le Roux (21) — increasing their South African contingent to five players.

In another player development, former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates midfielder Oupa Manyisa has joined Chippa United as a free agent.

Manyisa has been out of action since parting ways with Sundowns in July last year as his contract at the Tshwane giants ran out after three years.

Meanwhile, Chiefs will bring up a major milestone for South African football when they host Wydad Casablanca on Saturday in what will be the country’s 300th match in the Caf Champions League.

It will be fitting in a way that the honour falls to the Amakhosi, as they were also involved in South Africa’s first game in the continent’s elite club competition, when they defeated Lobatse Gunners from Botswana 1-0 away in the preliminary round in 1993.

South African clubs have played 298 games so far in the Champions League, with Mamelodi Sundowns next in action when they travel to Sudanese side Al Hilal on Friday. Chiefs will then bring up 300 against Wydad at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

Sundowns have been by far the most active side in the Champions League down the years, having competed on 14 occasions, with Friday’s game their 118th.

Five teams who competed from South Africa remain in the professional ranks — Ajax Cape Town, Manning Rangers, Bidvest Wits, Platinum Stars and Santos. — SuperSport.

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