PRETORIA – Zimbabwe international goalkeeper, Washington Arubi, scooped the Player of the Year award, in his first season with University of Pretoria, as the club honoured its outstanding players on Wednesday night.
The award completed a remarkable transformation for the Warriors’ goalkeeper who started the season with question marks hanging over his future as the Asiagate axe stalked his move to a foreign club.
AmaTuks were forced to take a major gamble, in signing Arubi, and they have been fully repaid by an outstanding performance from the ‘keeper who has now been honoured as the best player at the club.
Arubi has also bounced back into the Warriors to reclaim his jersey, as the number one ‘keeper in the country, after a period spent on the sidelines. His club believe the former Dynamos ‘keeper is the best shot-stopper in Super Diski.
AmaTuks hosted their end-of-season awards ceremony at Pangea Cafe, Brooklyn Bridge, in Pretoria.
The purpose of the ceremony was to celebrate the success of the team in their maiden season in the elite League. AmaTuks finished in the eighth position on the PSL table with 40 points and have qualified for the season-opening Top Eight.
Club chief executive, Rendani Mulaudzi, in his keynote address, paid a tribute to all role players by borrowing the words of Michelle Obama, the United States First Lady where she states:
“Many people contribute to other’s success, everyone’s contribution must be valued and everyone must be treated with respect”.
Indeed, the success of AmaTuks is due to the players, staff, the University and many other role players.
Meanwhile, Cuthbert Malajila’s departure from Maritzburg United to Mamelodi Sundowns was officially confirmed yesterday in a brief statement issued by the KwaZulu-Natal based club.
“I can confirm that Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United are currently in negotiations regarding the sale of Cuthbert Malajila to Sundowns,” said Maritzburg’s Commercial Manager Younus Kadodia.
“Mamelodi Sundowns, the player and his representatives have been very professional during the negotiation and while the player and club have agreed personal terms, there are a few matters that have to still be addressed between the two clubs,” Kadodia added.
He said he expected negotiations to be concluded by the end of the week. No fee for Malajila was mentioned but after finishing third in the goal scoring charts at the end of the Absa Premiership season, it is expected he will cost in the R5-million range.
The announcement ends weeks of speculation about the move, fuelled by leaks from Malajila’s camp that he was moving to the capital. He is the first of several top quality signing that Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has promised to bring into the Pretoria club after a desperately disappointing season.
Malajila moved to Maritzburg in January 2012 after brief spells in Tunisia and Libya.
Amazulu announced yesterday they will release midfielder, Ramson Zhuwawo, while changes at Moroka Swallows have also ended their relationship with former CAPS United midfielder Oscar Machapa. – KickOff/SuperSport