Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia will not stand in the way of any of his players, including Richard Ofori and Rushine De Reuck, should they want to leave the club for better contracts elsewhere.
Ofori and De Reuck have attracted an army of suitors, following their impressive performances in the 2019-20 campaign with reports linking the duo with a move to Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.
Kadodia has stated that ‘The Team of Choice’ will not keep any player against their will even though they prefer to retain everyone.
“We will make every effort to keep our best players, that’s our policy. But we also don’t want to stand in the way of players who feel they want to advance their careers elsewhere,” said Kadodia.
So far, the KwaZulu-Natal outfit has parted ways with defender Siyanda Xulu, who has since joined Hapoel Tel Aviv FC in Israel, midfielder Miguel Timm, attackers Gabriel Nyoni and Yusuf Jappi with marksman Judas Mosemadi also reportedly attracted interest from Pirates.
“We will definitely beef up the squad. We want to have a team that is as competitive as possible and to keep on challenging, whether it’s in the cup or a strong top eight position in the league. We need six or seven new players.
“Our squad is quite thin, and you must understand that Siyanda Xulu left, Miguel Timm, Gabriel Nyoni and Yusuf Jappie are no longer part of the squad, so that has left a bit of a hole,” added Kadodia.
The Maritzburg Chairman went on to state that their goal is to secure a top-five finish every season. In the 2019-20 campaign, Kadodia’s troops qualified MTN8 after finishing seventh in the Premiership standings.
“We would like to cement our position every season in the top five, that is our goal. Then something can be seen for all our investment.
“At the moment it’s tough to attract a sponsor because it’s difficult when there are regular fights against relegation. Yes, we were very happy with the league position.
“One must also understand that there was so much expectations from the people around us after the way we excelled in the February-March period, in essence going into the bubble was not good for us,” concluded Kadodia.
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