The Siya crew can confirm that Maritzburg United have released two of their longest serving players after the club’s recruitment drive saw 11 new players arrive in the recent transfer window.
According to sources, Deolin Mekoa and Mohau Mokate, who both joined the Team of Choice in 2014, have been released by the club after agreeing settlements and receiving their clearances.
Mekoa arrived at the club in 2014 and went on to play 137 matches, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 22. In 2017, he was very close to joining Mamelodi Sundowns with the deal agreed between all parties, before Masandawana changed their mind at the last minute.
The 26-year-old was part of South Africa’s squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and excelled in several positions in that tournament. He signed a three-year contract with Maritzburg in 2017 after that Sundowns move fell through, and has now left one year early.
Mokate arrived in 2014 from Orbit College and went on to appear in 118 matches for Maritzburg, scoring 22 goals. The striker signed a new three-year contract in 2018, meaning he has left with two years still on the deal. The arrival of Jeremy Brockie on loan meant that the club had six frontline strikers and no longer required his services.
The club signed 11 new players during the transfer window, with the additions including:
Phumlani Ntshangase (Bidvest Wits, season loan), Judas Moseamedi (Cape Town City, purchase after loan), Kwanda Mngonyama (Cape Town City), Gabriel Nyoni (CAPS United), Daylon Claasen (Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Sangweni (Richards Bay), Dan Morgan and Micah Lea’alafa (both Auckland City), Clive Augusto (Chicken Inn), Yusuf Jappie (Free State Stars), Jeremy Brockie (Mamelodi Sundowns, season loan).
These wholesale changes mean that Eric Tinkler’s side will look to avoid another relegation battle come the end of the 2019/20 season.