‘Shitolo capture is like signing three players’

Posted: 19 January 2019 Time: 09:00

New Chippa United coach Clinton Larsen has indicated further reinforcements are on the way following the recent signing of Gladwin Shitolo and three other players.

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Chippa have recruited Shitolo and Phetso Maphanga on loan from Orlando Pirates, as well as fellow defenders Bangaly Keita and Donashano Malama as part of a shake-up at the relegation-threatened outfit.

The quartet’s arrival will offset the departure of experienced centre-backs Thabo Nthethe and James Okwuosa, while midfielders Thamsanqa Sangweni and Jabulani Shongwe are also understood to have parted ways with the club.

"Yes, we definitely are (strengthening)," Larsen tells KickOff.com.

"Ja, we released a few players so we need to strengthen and we want to bring players who are ready to play you know, who can give us a good chance of getting out of the position that we are in. So the signings that we are making, we believe that they really are going to add to the squad and make us stronger.

"Well firstly with Shitolo it's like signing three players, just Shitolo alone. I have worked with him before, he's so versatile. He plays number eight, number six, he can play centre-half ... you can put him at right-back he will do the job. He is that type of player. And because we've got such a small squad now, such versatile players are very, very important to our set-up. So ja, he is the quality I needed in the team.

"And when you look at Keita, he is a strong defender. We are a little bit thin in defence because we've just got (Gerald) Modisane and Freddy Nsabiyumva. So Keita comes there to compete for a place in central defence.

"Then Malama is also quite versatile, he can play centre-half, defence, midfield, right-back and he's experienced. He was captain of Nkana FC in Zambia. He's played for his national team, he is a quality player. So you know, like I said, those are positions that we were quite thin in: centre-half and central midfield, and those players will definitely add value to the team."

Larsen, who replaced Joel Masutha in the United hotseat last week, would not say whether any of the new signings would feature against fellow strugglers Maritzburg United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday (15h30).

"I can't say, we are training at the moment. I also don't want the opponent to plan whether they are there or not. So ja, there's the work permit and stuff to sort out, so I don't want to change too much from the last game because I thought the boys played well against Pirates, although they lost."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha

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