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Published: 26 June 2019

'TO SURVIVE, WE HAVE TO TRADE'
     
   
 

Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia has opened to fans up about the club's transfer policy.
     
 

 

The Team of Choice have shown themselves to have a knack of uncovering raw talent, be it locally-born players from the KwaZulu-Natal region, or from across the African continent.


Success though comes with a price – once a player is doing well in the Premier Soccer League, it is inevitably not long after that some of the big, financially powerful clubs in the league come knocking.

 

And needing to balance the books, while also not wanting to stand in the way of a player who is eyeing what could be his dream move, means that often the club has little option but to sell.

 

The most recent departures have been Siphesihle Ndlovu and Fortune Makaringe – two previously unknown players who became household names during their time with Maritzburg.

 

“It’s purely to survive,” Kadodia said. “If it wasn’t about survival, I would love to have players stay here for five years. I would love to do that, but to have a successful business, together with a successful club, you have to marry it together.

 

“For Maritzburg to survive, we have to trade, due to not having a commercial sponsor. A player’s future is the most important thing, and a player is not going to perform when you keep him at the club when he wants to leave for another club.

 

“Once a player is approached by another club, it can tend to go to their heads, which can make the situation a challenging one,” the chairman continued.




“It’s not about us wanting to sell players. As I said before, if I had the resources to match the deals clubs like Sundowns offer players, I would love to keep the player here.

 

“So it’s not a situation of us hastily selling players. If that was the case, there would have been even more players sold, it’s a matter of having to balance the books and keep the club in a healthy situation.

 

“Unfortunately, it’s the way the football world works,” he elaborated. ”It’s the same in nearly all leagues, where you have a handful of big clubs with the financial muscle to buy any player they want.

 

“The rest of the clubs are effectively feeder teams, and need to box clever in terms of continuing to produce their own players, and to uncover ‘rough diamonds’.

 

“This is something I believe we have successfully done over the years at Maritzburg and which we are proud of.

 

“Whether it’s developing our own youngsters in our academy, delving into the African continent to bring in previously unknown players, or looking at the lower leagues in this country, I believe we can be proud of our record in developing players and ultimately allowing them to take the next step – both financially and from a career view point, by not standing in their way when external offers come in.”


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