Maritzburg United have signed two new players this week – defender Fares Hachi and winger Tyroane Sandows, who arrive from Algeria and Brazil respectively.
Fares is a 30-year-old Algeria-born left back who previously spent two seasons in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) with Mamelodi Sundowns. He has subsequently been playing for MC Alger in Algeria and Lyon Duchère in France.
Hachi has penned a two-year deal with an option to extend for a further season.
Also arriving at the Team of Choice this week is Sandows, a Johannesburg-born attacking midfielder who has spent the last 14 years honing his skills in Brazil, having departed South Africa as an 11-year-old.
This was after he was spotted at a talent competition which opened the door for an opportunity at Sao Paolo’s youth academy in 2007.
He subsequently made his way through the youth ranks and went on to play for the senior sides at Gremio and Figueirense. During his time at Sao Paolo, one of Sandows’ team-mates was Lucas Moura, now at Tottenham Hotspur.
He has represented South Africa at Under-23 level and scored a hat-trick for his country against Zambia a couple of years back and was a member of the 2016 Rio Olympics squad.
A creative player, he will provide further options for United upfront and has signed a two-year deal with an option of a further two years.
Maritzburg United Chairman Farook Kadodia is optimistic that the two newcomers will add great value to the KwaZulu Natal side.
“From everyone at the Team of Choice we would like to extend a warm welcome to Fares and Tyroane and hope that their stay with us will be a fruitful one,” Kadodia said.
“Fares’ vast experience will be valuable to our backline and his time with Sundowns is something we took into account.
“Tyroane is an exciting young player who has enjoyed a unique footballing journey. He’s eager to show what he can do in his home country and we at Maritzburg United are excited to have had the chance to introduce him to the Premier Soccer League.”
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa