DURBAN - Bidvest Wits are set to sign Vuyo Mere and Lehlohonolo Nonyane, who are currently on trial at the club and available on free transfers. Lamontville Golden Arrows decided against renewing the contract of Nonyane and Mere left the relegated Platinum Stars.
Mere commenced his trial on Monday while Nonyane has been there for a while. Independent Media has gathered that Wits are interested in both players.
"I think they will sign Vuyo. Gavin (Hunt, Wits coach) loves him. He feels that he is going to be the right replacement for Nazeer Allie who has just left the club. He wanted to have a look at him closer. Nonyane was told to bring his ID which is a clear indication that they are planning to sign," a source closed to the two players revealed.
The 34-year-old Mere is still going strong at right back. At Wits he is likely to compete with the young Reeve Frosler. Mere has been playing at the highest level since 2001, when he made his professional debut with Hellenic. The flamboyant right back went on to play for clubs like Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows before switching to Dikwena in 2011.
Wits are looking to bounce back from after underperforming last season. Despite clinching the Telkom Knockout triumph, Wits were unable to finish in the Top 8. The club has already acquired the services of players like Bantu Mzwakali, Robyn Johannes, Gift Motupa, Brighton Mhlongo and Deon Hotto.
They parted ways with the decorated Daine Klate, Jabulani Shongwe, Vincent Pule, Nazeer Allie and James Keene. An attempt to get hold of Wits's CEO, Jose Ferreira proved futile as his phone ran unanswered. Wits coach Gavin Hunt was also not available for comment as his phone was on voicemail.
Nonyane will have to work diligently to dethrone Sifiso Hlanti at left back. The Newcastle born defender has been solid for Wits and Bafana Bafana, with his well educated left foot. Wits are said to be on their way to Durban where they will host a pre-season camp.