Maritzburg United have hit out at 'false' claims that two of their players have agreed deals to join Orlando Pirates.
It was reported this week that Team of Choice goalkeeper Richard
Ofori and defender Rushine De Reuck have signed contracts that would see
the duo join the Buccaneers ahead of next season.
The KZN club have however released a statement shooting down those reports.
The statement said: "Maritzburg United Football Club are disappointed
to see the false media reports regarding two of its players, Richard
Ofori and Rushine De Reuck.
"It was written this week that the two standout performers are set to
join another Premier Soccer League (PSL) club at the end of the season.
"Not only are these stories completely unsubstantiated and false, but
they are unsettling to the two players, their teammates, the coaching
staff, club management, the supporters and everyone involved with the
KwaZulu-Natal Capital City club."
Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia added that they have received
offers from overseas clubs but that both players are not for sale.
Kadodia said in quotes published on the club's website: "The club
refutes all irresponsible media speculation regarding the transfer of
its prized assets, Richard Ofori and Rushine De Reuck.
"Certain journalists are placing the players under unnecessary pressure and linking the club to swap deals.
"The club would like to place on record that both players are not for
sale. To date we have received a few inquiries from agents representing
"The players are focused on extending the team's winning run and achieving a top-five finish."
The Maritzburg chairman added: "The players are contracted to
Maritzburg United Football Club and we request that all clubs and media
act responsibly and follow the required protocol.
"Our journey on growing the brand is our priority and we will not allow any detractors."
- TEAMtalk media