Former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder on trials at Maritzburg United

Former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni has resurfaced at Maritzburg United following his departure from Chippa United.

The hard-tackling midfielder was invited over for a trial by the Team of Choice technical team a few weeks after he was released by the Chilli Boys.

Coach Eric Tinkler revealed on the weekend that he is hoping to make a decision on whether or not Sangweni will be signed before the end of the week.

Maritzburg United are rooted at the bottom of the PSL log and in danger of being relegated.

Despite registering their first league win of 2019 last week, the Pietermaritzburg-based side still needs all the help it could get, and Sangweni’s experience could come in handy for them in the battle to move up the ladder.

Sangweni left Pirates at the start of the current season as he was hoping to revive his ailing career.

However, Chippa United felt he wasn’t the same player they sold to Pirates a few years ago as he struggled to replicate his old form.

He featured in just eight matches for the Chilli Boys before being released during the mid-season break as the management wanted to bring in players who would help them beat the relegation drop.

At the time, Chippa United were in the relegation zone, but they have improved since the arrival of Clinton Larsen from Golden Arrows.

Nonetheless, they are still not far from Maritzburg United, who need to win their next two league games and hope for other results to go their way in order to move into safety.

With 10 league games to go for the majority of the teams in the league, Tinkler would want to make a decision on Sangweni before it is too late.

Maritzburg United brought in Thabiso Kutumela, who played with Sangweni at Pirates in an attempt to ease their goalscoring problems and possibly win as many matches as possible.

The Team of Choice will return to action on February 24 with a league fixture away to Tinkler’s former club, Cape Town City.


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