Maritzburg stars not for sale
Posted: 11 January 2017 Time: 11:10
Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia insists that star pair Evans Rusike and Deolin Mekoa are not for sale during the January transer window.
Rusike, who joined the club at the start of last season, has been a source of constant speculation and both he and Mekoa were said to have stimulated the interest of some PSL big-guns prior to the commencement of the current campaign.
It is well known that this will be Mekoa's last season at the Team of Choice with the player have indicated as much following his participation in last year's Olympic Games.
Kadodia reveals that no clubs have attempted to test their resolve with regard to the pair but does admit that he is willing to let both players leave but under the right circumstances.
"In this window period, no [clubs have approached us]," Kadodia tells KickOff.com. "We made our intention very clear... both players have long-term contracts and we will not stand in the way of the players [moving elsewhere].
"Rusike has made it very clear that he prefers going overseas than staying in South Africa so he wants to basically prepare himself for that."
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Rusike scored nine goals last season in all competitions including two crucial goals against Jomo Cosmos that saw Maritzburg retain their PSL status.
Kadodia adds that Rusike, who is part of Zimbabwe squad for the African Cup of Nations, has acknowledged that he didn't do enough last season to attract overseas interest.
"We firmly believe he [Rusike] needs to prepare himself more to get the attention of clubs in Europe, the chairman stated.
"And he firmly believes that the little he produced last season was not enough for him to attract interest and teams locally were the only ones that were biting at the end of the season and we couldn't break this team after what the supporters did for us.
"Imagine selling the best players when the fans came here and rallied behind the team. It is one of the reasons why [we didn't sell]."