Malawian coach John Maduka has started preparations for the new season with four signings at his South Africa DStv Premiership side Maritzburg United.
Maduka joined Maritzburg last month following his resignation at Royal AM, a team he led to a third place finish in the league and qualification to the Caf Confederation Cup.
The four players he has brought in are Karim Kimvuidi, Given Mashikinya, Bonginkosi Makume and Bongani Sam.
The former Malawi National Football Team captain told maritzburgunited.co.za that he was delighted at having concluded his first signings at the helm of the Team of Choice.
“We welcome all the new signings to the club and believe that they each have the qualities that we were looking for as we reinforce the squad. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the signings and have no doubt that they will add value to the club.
“We are looking to recruit a group of talented and committed players who have the desire and ambition to succeed at the highest level,” he said.
Kimvuidi, Mashikinya and Makume have signed permanent deals while Sam is on loan from Orlando Pirates.
Kimvuidi used to play for Democratic Republic of Congo side TP Les Anges whereas Mashikinya was one of Maduka’s players at Royal.
Makume was Malawian striker Richard Mbulu’s teammate at Baroka.
Left-back Sam and the 26-year-old Makume are expected to bring in a wealth of experience at the back for Maduka’s side.
Sam has signed an initial three-year deal, with Mashikinya inking an initial two-year deal after his recent performances at Bloemfontein Celtic and Royal over the last two seasons.
Kimvuidi is highly talented and, at age 20, he will look to make his mark in the Premiership in an attacking midfield role.