Ex-Bucs, Downs star back in wilderness


A former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder has been released from his contract due to non-performance just a few months after joining a new club.

Thamsanqa Sangweni is once again a free agent after Maritzburg United confirmed his departure following their Telkom Knockout final disappointment.

The Team of Choice suffered defeat in their maiden league cup final against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday evening in Durban, and wasted no time in trimming down their squad.

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The Pietermaritzburg outfit confirmed on their social media platform of the release of the 30-year-old, who penned a one-year deal after a successful trial during pre-season.

“Maritzburg United Football Club and midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni have mutually agreed to part ways with immediate effect,” read a statement from the club.

“The former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns star had been looking to resurrect his career, and Maritzburg felt he deserved the opportunity to prove himself.

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“However, that was with the understanding that Sangweni would be able to force himself into the reckoning to play regularly, which unfortunately did not happen as he made just two substitute appearances in the league.

“As such, MUFC believe that it is in everyone’s best interests to allow the player to look for a new club.”

Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia further explained the decision, revealing that a minimum requirement clause was inserted in his contract and failure upon which has now resulted in his early exit.

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“Thamsanqa Sangweni did not make the number of appearances as the club had requested as per his contract,” added Kadodia in the statement.

“We felt that it was not good to hold on to him for too long and waste the chance for him to potentially find a new club in the January window period.

“Hence we have come to a parting of ways so that he can find a new club as early as possible.”