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Published: 24 July 2019

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Maritzburg United have confirmed the signings of three new players - New Zealand-born left-back Dan Morgan, Micah Lea'alafa from the Solomon Islands and South Africa playmaker Daylon Claasen.
     
 

 

The trio add to a promising list of off-season signings which also include Phumlani Ntshangase, Judas Moseamedi, Gabriel Nyoni, Kwanda Mngonyama and Yusuf Jappie as the 2019/20 campaign shapes up to be an exciting one for the Team of Choice.

 

Club chairman Farook Kadodia provided some insight into the new men to move to the City of Choice, starting with Morgan.

 

The 28-year-old last played for Auckland City FC in New Zealand and he will bring added physicality to the United rearguard.

 

“The club has struggled for a while for a specialised left-footed full-back,” Kadodia explained.

 

“We believe Dan Morgan will give us the attributes required in this position, and this will increase the coach’s options in terms of defensive formations as the season progresses. He comes with good pedigree and will also be an asset when defending set pieces.”

 

Claasen, a gifted playmaker, was last on the books of Bidvest Wits.

 

The Klerksdorp-born midfielder made his initial inroads into football with Ajax Cape Town before heading overseas to play for Lierse in Belgium, Polish side Lech Poznan, and German outfit 1860 Munich, before returning to South Africa when he signed for Wits in 2017.

 

Kadodia is pleased to have acquired a player of the Bafana-capped midfielder’s calibre.

 

The chairman said: “Daylon is a player who comes with both European and PSL experience, and someone our coach believes will suit our style of football very well. A creative player with superb technique and vision, he will complement the attacking players we have at the club.

 

“A solid professional of good temperament, we believe Daylon will fit in nicely with the ethos of Maritzburg United and are excited about seeing what he can do for us on the field next season.”

 

The Team of Choice will be looking to Lea'alafa to provide the team with increased attacking impetus. Hailing from the Solomon Islands (north east of Australia), the 28-year-old also last played for Auckland City and scored 18 goals in his 45 league matches, as well as five goals in four matches in the OFC Champions League last season.

 

“Micah is an attacking midfielder or winger and we believe he will be a good fit for the team and combine well with the other midfielders we have and will provide the X-factor we’re looking for on the front line,” Kadodia added.

 

All three have signed two-year deals, with the option of a further year.

 

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