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Martin Sanudi linked with Maritzburg United

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His club Be Forward Wanderers are in the dark and the player has feigned ignorance, but football agent, Martin Sekati, is convinced that right-back Stanley Sanudi could be on his way to South Africa Absa Premier Soccer League mid-table outfit, Maritzburg United.

“Once he comes here, he will, no doubt, sign an outright contract,” said the South African Sekati in a telephone interview from Johannesburg during the week.

Malawi News had asked Sekati a general question over which other Malawian players could, in this transfer window, follow Miracle Gabeya (Kaizer Chiefs) and Chiukepo Msowoya (Golden Arrows) to South Africa for trials.

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Maritzburg have just hired a new Coach Roger de Sar. It is doubtful if, just a few days after replacing Ernst Middendorp who resigned recently, Sar has recommended the Flames’ player.

“It is management that wants Sanudi. They have been following him. I have been following him too. He is a very good player,” insisted Sekati who, last year, facilitated the trials of Msowoya at Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic.

Sekati, though, distanced himself from Msowoya’s ongoing trials at Arrows. However, the manner in which Msowoya and his Nyasa Big Bullets’ team-mate Gabeya sneaked out gives weight to the reports linking Sanudi with Maritzburg.

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However, the former Azam Tigers’ player and Wanderers’ General Secretary, Mike Butao, separately during the week, said they were in the dark about Maritzburg’s interest.

“I do not have any communication from anywhere on Sanudi’s trials. When I do I will respond accordingly. It would be a big loss [if he joined Maritzburg], but we do not stand in a player’s way,” Butao said.

Sanudi is probably the best right-back locally, he can overlap and defend in a split second using his pace and comfortability playing both legs and dribbling. Height is his only disadvantage.

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