Carl Peters
Sport Editor
2 minute read
22 Jun 2021
06:22

More men depart Maritzburg United

Carl Peters

Attacking midfielder Mxolisi Kunene and performance/video analyst Paul Lamb are the latest men to cut ties with Maritzburg United and seek greener pastures elsewhere.

Attacking midfielder Mxolisi Kunene and performance/video analyst Paul Lamb are the latest men to cut ties with Maritzburg United and seek greener pastures elsewhere.

In the midst of Maritzburg looking to rebuild after finishing just above the relegation zone in the recently-completed season, Kunene has opted not to renew his expiring contract and is set for AmaZulu, while Lamb moves to Cape Town City to join former Maritzburg coach Eric Tinkler.

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Newcastle-born Kunene (29) did well for the “Team of Choice” before a terrible groin injury kept him out of the 2019/20 season.

Lamb worked quietly in the background.

Last week, Maritzburg confirmed the departures of four players from their defensive unit and assistant coach Delron Buckley. The players were Daniel Morgan, Kwanda Mngonyama, Dusan Stevic and Jethren Barr, whose contracts were either about to expire or contained renewal options that Maritzburg were not interested in taking up.

The club also said at the time that they were still in negotiations with a few other players, with ageing defenders Nazeer Allie and Clayton Daniels known to be among them, and will “announce plans to bring on board new players” in the coming weeks.

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Maritzburg boss Farook Kadodia responded bravely when asked about the loss of Kunene and Lamb on Monday, saying the club will be able to progress without them and the movement of personnel in the football arena is not easy to control, anyway.

He said the gap left by Kunene will be filled as part of their plans to bring in about 10 new players for next season, while they have already lined up a replacement for Lamb in the form of an unidentified technician of Portuguese origin. He said Buckley’s successor will arrive when pre-season training begins on July 1, but he would not divulge the person’s name.

Meanwhile, former Maritzburg star Evans Rusike has been released by SuperSport United along with Lucky Mohomi.

“The Matsatsantsa family would like to thank Rusike amd Mohomi for their contributions and wish them all the best for their future endeavours,” the Pretoria outfit said on their website.

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The club noted that Mohomi and Rusike helped them achieve a top-eight finish in the recently-completed season, as well as Cup success before, but they are now surplus to requirements. They are free to sign for any club of their liking.

Rusike was linked to a possible return to Maritzburg last season, but a problem developed and he stayed in Pretoria.