Maritzburg ready to beef up squad ahead of new season

Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia says he is hoping to beef his side up with “six or seven” new arrivals in the upcoming transfer window. 


Eric Tinkler took the team from avoiding relegation in the playoffs to being top-four candidates in the 2019/20 season however a late slip in form in the PSL's bio-bubble brought a slightly disappointing end to a rather successful campaign. 


"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,” Kadodia told the Maritzburg United website.


"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.


"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." 


Maritzburg are poised to lose star players Richard Ofori and Rushin De Reuck and Kadodia has opened up regarding their potential exits. 


"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.”


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"It was a good turnaround, and all parties played a role and a good job was done. From the board’s side, we fully supported the coach, quite a few new signings were made.


“And what was important in fighting relegation [at the end of the previous season] was to have a complete commitment from the fans.


"And the whole brand also grew stronger; the fact that we went to the Telkom Knockout final was also evidence of the work which has been done. We were very happy with the league position."