With the top-flight season coming to a close this weekend, the Siya crew can reveal a one-time Bafana Bafana defender has confirmed his status a free agent.
Kwanda Mngonyama will not have his Maritzburg United stay extended beyond the 2020/21 campaign, the player told Soccer Laduma.
“I think overall I have had a good spell at the club from my first loan stint here seven years ago to when they bought me outright recently,” the defender explained.
“As a player it is important to get regular game time, but I have been unlucky to not play as much this season and that meant my game time was extremely limited.”
Mngonyama, 27, rejoined the Team of Choice two seasons ago from Cape Town City making a total of 21 appearances in his first season back, but only nine during the campaign that will be concluded on Saturday afternoon.
“It means I am a free agent now and need to keep myself in shape because I obviously still want to play at the highest level. Maritzburg were good to me and I want to thank them, I was just used more as a right back than a centre back.”
His agent Sizwe Ntshangase also affirmed that he'd recieved notice from the club that the defender's option would not be exercised, but is confident of securing his client a club before the start of the 2021/22 season in August.
Mngonyama began his career at Mamelodi Sundowns in 2012 before he was loaned out to Bidvest Wits, where then coach Gavin Hunt famously told journalists he’d turned him into a national team defender before the two clubs could not agree on a permanent transfer.
He then joined Maritzburg.
The versatile defender has one Bafana appearance and was also part of SA’s Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro five years ago under Owen da Gama.
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