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Published: 24 June 2019

UNITED GRATEFUL TO BUCS-BOUND DUO
     
   
 

Maritzburg United would like to thank Fortune Makaringe and Siphesihle Ndlovu for the fantastic service they provided to the club and to wish them all the best with their new team, Orlando Pirates.
     
 

 

The two men played key roles over the past few years for the Team of Choice, both in claiming top eight finishes in 2016/17 and 2017/18, and also in helping the club avoid relegation in the recently completed campaign.




“Fortune and Siphesihle have been an integral part of the team over the past few seasons and have become household names due to their consistent excellence on the football field,” said club Chairman Farook Kadodia.

 

“In an ideal world, of course we would like to keep players like these. But such is the nature of football, across the world, that good performances will be recognised by bigger clubs.

 

“We also have to respect that players want to move on to fresh challenges and test themselves in new environments – it would not be fair to stand in their way.

 

“It’s been fantastic to see how the two players have grown in stature during their time with Maritzburg United, and it’s tribute to the club’s commitment to development, and to those coaches who have worked hard to help them realise their full potential.”

 

Makaringe was the one to bring the guile and skill to the Team of Choice, his phenomenal creative ability a big factor for United in terms of assists and goals scored. In the past season alone, he provided nine assists and scored four goals in 27 league matches.

 

The KZN club first identified Makaringe’s potential back in 2015, when he was a junior at Moroka Swallows, and he quickly became a fans’ favourite in the Midlands.

 

In total, the 26-year-old featured in 69 Absa Premiership and 20 Cup matches for the Pietermaritzburg team since debuting in October 2016 against Free State Stars.

 

Like Ndlovu, he has also broken into the senior national team over the past year, and was part of the Bafana Bafana interim squad ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

 

Ndlovu, who was named as the PSL Young Player as well as Midfielder of the Season one year ago, is a Maritzburg development product and local boy.

 

The first Maritzburg player to win the Player of the Month award (January, 2018) he also offered plenty in attack for Maritzburg, as well as being a tough and tenacious tackler in midfield, either through the middle or out wide.

 

The 22-year-old played in 68 league games for United, as well as in 16 Cup fixtures.

 

After rising through the Maritzburg development ranks, the Ashdown-born midfielder – once a ball-boy for the Team of Choice - made his PSL debut against Polokwane City in September 2016.



 

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