Thabiso Kutumela

Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp has confirmed Thabiso Kutumela was sold to Mamelodi Sundowns as he was keen on playing in the CAF Champions League. © Steve Haag/BackpagePix

Ernst Middendorp reveals WHY Thabiso Kutumela was sold to Mamelodi Sundowns

Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp has confirmed Thabiso Kutumela was sold to Mamelodi Sundowns as he was keen on playing in the CAF Champions League.

Thabiso Kutumela

Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp has confirmed Thabiso Kutumela was sold to Mamelodi Sundowns as he was keen on playing in the CAF Champions League. © Steve Haag/BackpagePix

Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp has confirmed Thabiso Kutumela was sold to Mamelodi Sundowns as he was keen on playing in the CAF Champions League.

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The 28-year-old forward moved to the Brazilians in July having played a massive role in Maritzburg United avoiding relegation from the DStv Premiership last season thanks to his 12 goals.

In an interview at the MTN8 media day in Durban, Middendorp admitted it was tough to lose a player of Kutumela’s quality and influence, but he wanted to play CAF Champions League football and they could not stand in his way.

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“We lost so many players in May and June, we lost Thabiso Kutumela very influential and really scored number of goals no doubts,” Middendorp explained.

“Kutumela was sold, and I understand that he wanted to play CAF Champions League, he wants to travel the world, I know he didn’t do well at Orlando Pirates but now he is prepared and I wish him all the best at Mamelodi Sundowns.”

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Mamelodi Sundowns, thanks to their ranking, were given a bye in the preliminary round of the upcoming season’s CAF Champions League in Friday draw in Cairo.

Meanwhile, Maritzburg United will have to make do with Kutumela when they kick off their 2021/22 DStv Premiership season on Saturday, 21 August away against Golden Arrows.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

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