Cape Town - Maritzburg United are pleased with a significant player boost that
features a new striker in Clive Augusto along with fellow Zimbabwean
Gabriel Nyoni being back to fitness.
Augusto, 25 has filled the
last gap in United’s foreign quota as they seek to regain respect in the
Absa Premiership after last season’s major troubles.
scored 14 goals in 18 games for title-chasing Chicken Inn in Zimbabwe’s
Premier League and became United’s property yesterday after the two
clubs completed a transfer for a "very reasonable amount", according to
the local outfit. Augusto has penned a three-year deal with the option
to extend for a further two years.
It has been reported that
Black Leopards and Golden Arrows also wanted his signature, but he felt
Maritzburg would be the best destination for him.
just one point from their first two matches of the new Premiership
campaign, the unsettled Team of Choice visit newly-promoted
Stellenbosch FC on Sunday and then entertain Black Leopards three days
Nyoni, meanwhile, was unable to feature in the team’s first
home match of the season, an intense 1-1 draw with Highlands Park two
Fridays ago, because of a muscle problem, but he has since recovered and
is back doing normal training, according to United.
He was one of
nine new men signed by them before the 2019/20 programme began and made
an immediate debut when coach Eric Tinkler’s unit went down 1-0 to
Golden Arrows in the opening round of league matches on August 4 in
Durban. Oceania imports Dan Morgan and Micah Lea’Alafa, as well as
Durban-born defensive recruit Kwanda Mngonyama, came into the picture
for United’s next game against Highlands and now Augusto is the freshest
foreign face in the squad.
The Team of Choice have also handed
youngster Kameel Khan from Varsity College his first professional
contract, for three years.
On the football scene overall, there
have been plenty of shocks on and off the field of late, including the
sudden departure of Orlando Pirates coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic to
Egyptian giants Zamalek.
A result of this is that Mamelodi
Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Baroka and Chippa United are the only teams yet
to taste defeat in either Premiership or MTN8 action since the season
began three weeks ago. But it is just Sundowns in this small group who
have contested league and knockout fixtures in a total of three domestic
assignments; the rest have only played two league games because they
failed to qualify for the MTN8 through last season’s final league
Sundowns' unbeaten stance gets tested by Cape Town City
in Pretoria in one of two Premiership fixtures tonight, while Pirates
tackle their second game since Micho’s exit on Friday against equally
troubled AmaZulu in Durban.
Both matches get going at 19:30 and then Sundowns and Pirates return to African Champions League duty on the weekend.
Against expectation, Bucs have suffered three losses over the past week, one each in the Champions League, Premiership and MTN8.
means that the club’s remaining coaches Rhulani Mokwena and Fadlu
Davids will be mighty desperate to come up with the right plan for this
evening’s encounter with the winless Usuthu side of Cavin Johnson at
King Zwelithini Stadium in the south of "Surf City".