Maritzburg United have announced the arrival of Marcel Engelhardt on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The 27-year-old joins the Team of Choice from Eintracht Braunschweig, a second division club based in Braunschweig, Germany.
“I’m happy to be here, my new team-mates seem nice, the weather is quite hot as well – a big difference to Germany, I came here from snow,” Engelhardt told Maritzburg’s official site.
“I hope to bring quality on and off the field, to get to know the guys well so that we can compete together and achieve something.”
The German goalminder went on to say it was an easy decision to switch continents after chatting with Maritzburg United head coach Ernst Middendorp.
“I had a few calls with coach Ernst and he convinced me to take this trip to South Africa to join the Team of Choice. I didn’t have to think about it a lot, I just packed my stuff and came here,” he adds.
“It’s very sad there are no fans right now,” he added. “But I hope that soon it will be possible and we can celebrate some wins together.”
The club’s chairman Farook Kadodia is delighted to have the German shot-stopper in the Blue Army and believes he will provide a similar presence of their ex-goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
“The coach has done his homework on Marcel and we’re expecting a lot from him in stepping into the space that Ofori vacated with his departure,” the Chairman stated.
“We believe that Marcel has the right character traits, both in terms of his ability and his personality, to fill the gap left by Richard.”
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By Mauwane Raophala