PMB BOY SHANDU SIGNS FOR THREE YEARS
19 January 2017
Maritzburg United has sent a strong message to local boys in Pietermaritzburg that they are serious about developing talent to the extent of offering them senior team contracts when they are ready.
Bandile Shandu who captains the MDC team and has become a first team regular lately, has signed a three year deal with an option to renew.
The boy from Smeroe in Edendale joined the MUFC development at the age of 13, and today [Thursday] which is his birthday, he turns 22.
Shandu has become a household name in the Capital City and serves as an inspiration to may young aspirant players, especially in the townships. The many local players who he captains in the MDC team want to emulate him and secure senior team contracts for themselves in the near future as well. Head Coach Roger De Sa is also very impressed with the youngster.
“Having watched him a little bit during the season and now trained with him for the last week, he is definitely special talent with so much to offer. It’s also good for the City. The more we can have like this the better. We want to grow our own players and show what the City is all about. I think he is going to be a super star, I really do,” said the coach.
De Sa also acknowledged the quality of the squad he has inherited.
“It’s a decent squad with enough depth. It has a nice mix of experience and youth, foreign and local. They are a bunch of guys that get along very well, a very tight group. Within that group, Bandile has grown and grown from what I’ve seen so far. He has just basically got into the first team now, he is not yet regular, but I think he will become, with the ability that he’s got, a professional young man, very level headed.
Having met his father this morning, you can tell where all that comes from. He’s a kid that’s gonna go a long way,” De Sa concluded.