Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

Team of Choice to beat Pirates and Chiefs to Ntshangase signing

Maritzburg United Orlando Pirates Kaizer ChiefsOrlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs have had their transfer business disrupted by Maritzburg United as the midlands club swoop for the signature of Phumlani Ntshangase.

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Maritzburg United are reportedly about to secure the services of Bidvest Wits midfielder Phumlani Ntshangase who has been scouted by Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Ntshangase has had his contract with Wits extended for another year, despite being farmed out to Supersport United on loan for the 2018/19 season, but a report by Soccer Laduma claims he is about to agree terms on another loan switch.

This time the move will take him back to his home province, to Eric Tinkler’s Maritzburg United. Supersport had apparently been keen on making last season’s loan switch permanent but were unwilling to meet Wits’ R3-million price tag.

Ntshangase came up through the ranks at Wits but sought a move away from the club after two seasons of infrequent football. A member of South Africa’s Olympic team in 2018 his career has yet to reach the heights he might have expected with the 24-year-old not in the frame for national selection at the moment.

The Team of Choice are desperate to reinforce their squad after making the narrowest of escapes from the jaws of relegation last season. United were rooted to the bottom of the table for the entire second half of the season but escaped direct relegation with a final day draw before winning the promotion/relegation playoff tournament to secure a spot in next season’s PSL.

Pirates were believed to be chasing Ntshangase as an alternative to former Ajax Cape Town defensive midfielder Abbubaker Mobara, who has slipped steadily down the Buccaneers pecking order since moving to the club in 2016. Chiefs meanwhile have begun a massive overhaul of the playing staff after a disappointing season and have launched an ambitious recruitment effort.

Maritzburg United have done some early transfer business already having secured the capture of defender Kwanda Mngonyama from Cape Town City.

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