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Ernst secures Bundesliga signing


Maritzburg United head coach Ernst Middendorp has secured the signing of goalkeeper Marcel Engelhardt from Bundesliga 2 side Eintracht Braunschweig.

Engelhardt, 27, has signed a two-year deal with the Team of Choice and is expected to assume the role as the first-choice stopper under his compatriot Middendorp.

Zambia international Sebastian Mwange, Bongani Mpandle and Jethren Barr have all been used between the sticks this season since the departure of Richard Ofori to Orlando Pirates.

"I'm happy to be here, my new team-mates seem nice, the weather is quite hot as well - a big difference to Germany, I came here from snow," the former Hamburg keeper told the club's website.

"I hope to bring quality on and off the field, to get to know the guys well so that we can compete together and achieve something.

"I had a few calls with coach Ernst and he convinced me to take this trip to South Africa to join the Team of Choice. I didn't have to think about it a lot, I just packed my stuff and came here."

Club chairman Farook Kadodia added: "The coach has done his homework on Marcel and we're expecting a lot from him in stepping into the space that Ofori vacated with his departure.

"We believe that Marcel has the right character traits, both in terms of his ability and his personality, to fill the gap left by Richard."

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