Ghana international defender Mohamed Awal has been transfered to Al-Shabab FC of Saudi Arabia and this has been confirmed by the Pietermaritzburg club Awal joined the United side in 2012 and has been influential as a central defender since his arrival thus securing his spot as first choice in the KZN side.His consistent strength as a tough tackler and composure as the last man has shown as there has been interest from other teams abroad. Awal is a tough player who always puts himself in a position that allows him to make clean tackles especially in the box,he is hailed for his endurance and fighting spirit in the Maritzburg set up.
The team confirmed that the defender joins the new club after the African Cup of Nations final that Ghana lost to Ivory Coast on Sunday.The team also expressed their views for the player wishing him well in his future endeavors. Maritzburg United signed Mohamed Awal as an unknown player and certainly helped in the young defender’s development and this has resulted in a lot of international interests for the Ghanaian center back. Awal will surely leave a gap that will need to be filled by another center back therefore the team will be looking for a replacement.
United has cited that the do have other defenders who will step up to the plate and take the opportunity of feeling the gap left by the important defender. Maritzburg are ranked 7 in the league under coach Steve Khompela and they will be looking to continue with the good performances when the league commences. Khompela has had a good spell at Maritzburg United since he took over at the club just a couple of seasons ago.He has taken the club from the bottom half of the table to the top 8 position in the premier league where they are competing at the moment.
Maritzburg is statistically the only KZN team at the moment that is doing well in the Premier Soccer league.The appointment of Steve Khompela has made a huge difference in the team and they are now fighting to keep the top 8 spot. Maritzburg United play a very technical game and they are a very difficult team to beat as a result they have been lauded as one of the solid teams in the PSL. The club has also been seen as the most successful club in KZN having played for quiet a few seasons without being relegated to the first division,this shows their competitiveness despite having limited resources as compared to the big PSL teams that have more money to spend especially when it comes to purchasing players.
Amazulu on the other hand,being one of the teams based in KZN have not performed very well and they are in a risk of getting relegated.The club has struggled to compete and register wins in most of the premier league games and as a result they are in the bottom of the Absa Premiership League table.Despite the club having hired Steve Barker as a new manager they are still struggling to register more wins to get out of the relegation zone.There is still more matches to play and Amazulu can still snatch enough points to secure them a good spot come the end of the season,however it is important for the club to start registering wins in order to escape the compromising bottom zone.
The team started the new season with a very bad start and this resulted to the previous manager Craig Roslee being fired.Wilfred Mugeyi then took over as a temporal coach but the team still failed to get valuable points.The team then appointed Steve Barker and they will be hoping to turn things around in these last few games of the season to avoid relegation.With the league season approaching its last quarter,every team in will be forced to pull up their socks to avoid relegation.
The top 8 position sees the top half of the log with teams like Bloemfontein Celtics, Supersport United and Orlando Pirates are fighting to maintain their positions in the top standing to qualify for next season’s MTN top eight which starts at the beginning of the season.The Nedbank cup will also be resuming in a few weeks,the cup gives teams from the bottom leagues to showcase themselves.