Maritzburg make “relevant” signings


KwaZulu Natal club Maritzburg United believe their three new signings represent good business ahead of the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season.

Well, the eating is in the pudding, as the saying goes.

To prove their mettle, Maritzburg are set to kick off the 2020/21 campaign this weekend when they take on Kaizer Chiefs in an MTN8 quarter-final match at the FNB Stadium on Saturday 17 October (3pm).

Maritzburg boss Farook Kadodia is convinced his club has done well to identify the right type of players and after their seventh place finish last term, are ready to compete again.

“Football is an ever-evolving sport and a crucial element to that is staying on top of matters in the transfer market; identifying the areas which need beefing up and getting the relevant players into the mix,” said Kadodia.

The Team of Choice has enlisted the services of Jose Ali Meza, Sibusiso Hlubi and Riyaaz Ismail, who were all unveiled on Tuesday, while Phumlani Ntshangase has signed on a permanent two-year deal having initially come through on loan from defunct club, Bidvest Wits.

Meza needs no introduction having been at Mamelodi Sundowns for the past few seasons, but will have to prove his worth after failing to win a regular spot in the Brazilians side.

Maritzburg describe Hlubi as a winger with exhilarating pace and skill and the ability to take on and eliminate defenders. He arrives from Polokwane City, having also previously shone for Free State Stars as well as for Mthatha Bucks and Cape Town All Stars.

Ismail is a 22-year-old defender who cut his teeth down in the Mother City for Hellenic FC. Once named Defender of the Tournament at the Engen Knockout Challenge Cup, he earned himself a move to SuperSport United.

He was subsequently loaned out to Real Kings in the First Division, where he gained some valuable playing time last season while helping the KwaZulu Natal side end in fourth position a few seasons ago.

“We would like to extend a warm welcome to the City of Choice to Sibusiso Hlubi, Jose Meza and Riyaaz Ismail, and are very pleased that Phumlani Ntshangase has decided to extend his stay at our club,” Kadodia stated.

“In this regard we are very pleased with the business which has been conducted and are confident the new players will give much added value to our team. With a bit of a mix of experience and hungry young talent, we are optimistic about the latest arrivals to our club and look forward to a successful campaign,” the Chairman concluded.

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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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