Maritzburg talking to Downs trio


Club chairman Farouk Kadodia says that he will be unveiling “six or seven” new players by next month in the wake of a defensive shortage after Mario Booysen and Rheece Evans signed for Mamelodi Sundowns this week.

Three of those could be loan players from Sundowns, who have made striker Ramagalela and defenders Mabaso and Mngonyana available for discussions with Maritzburg.

“Those are three who we are interested in and we are currently in negotiations with them,” Kadodia tells

Mabaso and Mngonyama spent last season on loan at Mpumalanga Black Aces and Bidvest Wits respectively, while Ramagalela would give coach Steve Komphela some much-needed strength and an extra option up front, where Maritzburg were desperately thin in the 2013/14 campaign.

Evans and Booysen were exceptional for Maritzburg under Komphela, and their departures along with that of Ruben Cloete to Bloemfontein Celtic mean that three of United’s first-choice back four have now left.

“There is no doubt that the defence is the biggest challenge for us right now,” acknowledges Kadodia. “But we are working on it and Steve has the situation under control.”

On losing two of his best players, Kadodia was philosophical.  

“They were both fantastic servants to Maritzburg,” adds Kadodia. “But when you are dealing with a club like Sundowns it is difficult to stand in a player’s way.”