MARITZBURG YET TO APPOINT NEW CAPTAIN
By: Sihle Ndebele
With their sights still firmly set on the Premier Soccer League and the Nedbank Cup, the Maritzburg United hierarchy has yet to appoint a new skipper to replace the outgoing Michael Morton.
This comes after Morton, the current captain, signed a pre-contract with SuperSport United, meaning he will move to Pretoria next season.
“At the moment our focus is on the current league campaign and the Nedbank Cup, so I would not like to comment on matters that are irrelevant to the current campaign,” said Quintin Jetto, operations manager at the club.
Jetto has refused to name any potential replacements, saying it was up to coach Steve Komphela to decide who will lead the Team of Choice.
“Senior players are there at the club so it is not going to be hard job for the coach to appoint the suitable player to fill in Morton’s void,” Jetto said.
The KwaZulu-Natal based outfit has a lot of experienced players who are believed to be capable of captaining the side, including Delron Buckley.
In the past seasons, United had been captained by their veteran goalkeeper Shu Aib Walters, who was demoted for Morton. Jetto did not rule out the chance of Walters being given the captaincy back because of his experience.
Morton was given the arm band last season under German coach Ernst Middendorp. The Randburg-born holding midfielder has been in sterling form for the past two seasons that is believed to be the reason why he was give the arm band.
When Kompela took the reigns at Mariztburg, the former Orlando Pirates man remained the captain of the team.
Maritzburg is currently enjoying a good run. They have qualified for the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup and are safe from the relegation zone on the Absa Premiership standings.