Two South African youngsters sign for Maritimo
Posted: 21 December 2011 Time: 11:42
Two South African youngsters have signed long-term deals with Portuguese top-flight side Maritimo,KickOff.com can exclusively reveal.
Centre-back Miguel Rodrigues and attacking midfielder Brad Wexler have signed three-and-a-half year deals with the club, who are currently fifth in the Portuguese top-flight. Both players had successful trials with ‘The Lions' earlier in the year. Wexler, the son of former Hellenic player Brian, was previously with Ajax Cape Town and the Old Mutual Academy. Still just 18 years old, he can play either on the right or in a more central position. Rodrigues was previously at the SuperSport/Feyenoord Youth Academy before playing college football in the USA with Stetson University in Florida. He was signed by Bidvest Wits in 2009, but had spent the last two seasons on loan at First Division University of Pretoria. The man who made the deals possible is player agent Micky Paiva from Luso Africa Player Management, who will leave for Portugal with the players in January and spend the first few weeks with them to make sure they settle in. "We will be leaving in the first week of January when the players will start their careers in Portugal and help the club continue their fine start to the season," Paiva told KickOff.com. "Both had trials in September; Brad for 10 days before he had to return to Cape Town to complete his final term of Grade 12. Miguel spent a period of three weeks there." Maritimo already have another South African-born player on their books in the form of midfielder Sergio Marakis, who currently campaigns in their 'B' side. The club is coached by former Portuguese international Pedro Martins, who played for top side Sporting Lisbon amongst others during a 16-year professional career.