Why Maritzburg sell top players


Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadioda has explained why the club sells their top players every season.

In the past the Team of Choice has sold stars such as Rudolph Bester, Cuthbert Malajila, Rheece Evans, Evans Rusike and Lebohang Maboe to PSL rivals.

Many of their supporters have been complaining about the fact that they sell top players to Gauteng clubs, but there’s good reason behind this.

Earlier this month Kadodia called a special media conference where he was accessing their 2018/19 season and also clarifying issues relating to the club and players and he said they won’t stop because it helps them keep the club alive, due to how expensive life in the Absa Premiership can be.

"We made our footprint in the PSL way back after we were promoted against FC AK 11 years ago. We've been having many challenges, economically a lot with the lack of commercial sponsors. We need to trade properly and also we need to fulfil our obligations," Kadodia said. 

"Our obligations are committing to social cohesion around KZN, especially Pietermaritzburg surrounding areas, promote a nation building brand as you always see on home games on Friday nights. All of that costs a lot of money. 

"The reality is that the existence of this club is purely because of the sales we've done in the past. I would've to embrace players for five years like many teams in Europe but we can't. We have to think about the business side of it, we will always develop and sell players for us to survive." 

Recently Maritzburg have sold Fortune Makaringe and Siphelele Ndlovu to Orlando Pirates, and they let Siyanda Xulu leave for Cape Town City.