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Thamsanqa Sangweni: Maritzburg United sign former Orlando Pirates and Sundowns midfielder

1:59 PM WAT 31/07/2019
Orlando Pirates, Thamsanqa Sangweni
The former Bucs midfielder has penned a one-year-deal with the Team of Choice ahead of the start of the 2019/20 PSL season

Maritzburg United have announced the signing of former Bafana Bafana midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni. 

The former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder was a free agent after leaving National First Division (NFD) club Richards Bay FC at the end of last season. 

Sangweni subsequently trained with the Team of Choice as he hoped to earn a move to the KwaZulu-Natal outfit who are under the guidance of head coach Eric Tinkler.

Tinkler and his technical team appear to have been impressed by the 30-year-old as he penned a one-year deal with the club.

As a youngster, Sangweni was seen as one of South Africa's brightest prospects but despite playing for some of the PSL's top clubs, he failed to reach his full potential. 

However, despite Sangweni’s previous struggles, Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia is optimistic the midfielder will find his rhythm at the club.

"Thami is a KwaZulu-Natal player and we felt that he deserved a platform to redeem his career in the PSL, in his home province. We are aware he’s had issues in the past but we don’t feel it’s fair to hold that against him at this stage," Kadodia told Maritzburg’s website.  

"He appears to now be more mature than earlier in his career. He is aware that he won’t have too many more opportunities in top-flight football and we get the impression that he is determined to knuckle down and make the most of the chance we are giving him."

“The head coach has worked with Thami before and was keen to bring him on board. We’re optimistic that under Coach Eric, Thami will enjoy a successful stay at the club and that he can play an important role for us in the midfield engine room," said Kadodia. 

“We all know what the player can do when he’s focused and firing on all cylinders. He’s a class act, and we are optimistic that this is the player Maritzburg supporters will be seeing next season. He’s signed a one year deal and we will assess the situation after that,” he concluded.