A move to one of Soweto giants is edging closer as Maritzburg United’ midfielder Fortune Makaringe confirmed that he is leaving the club.
Makaringe, who is part of Stuart Baxter’s 30-man provisional squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, was key to helping Maritzburg avoid relegation and will now be given the opportunity to grow elsewhere.
The player is said to be heading to Soweto to join giants Orlando Pirates next season, a big chance for him to shine in the colours of one of the country’s biggest clubs.
After Maritzburg’s 2-1 victory over Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday, the player confirmed that he's leaving the Team of Choice.
"Yes, it was goodbye for me. The chairman [Farook Kadodia] always tell us he will always allow us to grow as footballers. It’s very emotional for me because this team took me from nowhere," Makaringe told SuperSport TV.
"I came from Moroka Swallows MDC team and grew in this team. I'm even in the Bafana Bafana AFCON squad because of Maritzburg United. I will always cherish every moment I had with the club, even from 10 years from now I will always remember this team."
Makaringe has been one of the top players in the Maritzburg team, playing a key role as they reached last season’s Nedbank Cup final.