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New Maritzburg linkman makes unique observation on SA football

Maritzburg United midfielder Ben Musaka has made a unique observation on what makes SA football a distinctive brand in the COSAFA region.

The Zimbabwean secured a move to join the Motsepe Foundation Championship side in January from CAPS United.

Moreover, he is the only Zimbabwean to move to South Africa during the latest transfer window. At his previous club, midfielder Ben Musaka was often deployed as a centre-back.

However, Musaka appears to have found his favourite place under the mentorship of Maritzburg United coach Simo Dladla.


One of the Zimbabwean players remaining in the PSL is out to carry Nengomasha and Katsande's legacy
One of the Zimbabwean players remaining in the PSL is out to carry Nengomasha and Katsande’s legacy

In his third month, Musaka has observed what makes SA football a distinctive brand across the COSAFA region.

“The difference between Zimbabwean football and South African football is the level of professionalism. Teams here in South Africa are organised and have a vision,” Musaka told FARPost.

“The competition is stiff for a position in the starting line-up, and they are well-gifted. I can tell you that sometimes during the game, you just get wowed by somethings they do. And the good thing is they will be on my side. Here they play with more freedom of expression than back home. It’s unique and exciting.”


“My highlight so far this season was playing in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals against Mamelodi Sundowns. It was surreal, taking into consideration that six months ago, I was playing at CAPS United.

“Furthermore, my management team used the January transfer window to secure me a club in South Africa. The League in Zimbabwe ended in November/December.

“Firstly, I had a good two months of not playing competitive football prior to the move to Maritzburg and next thing I’m playing against Sundowns.

“Again, to this day, it doesn’t feel real, but I’m grateful because God’s time is always the best. Our target in the league is simple: to get back to where we belong [DStv Premiership],” he added.

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