Day­lon Claassen back to wing it for Wits

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Sport - SITHEM­BISO DINDI sithem­bisod@the­newage.co.za

IT HAS be­come the norm for South African stars to re­turn home when the go­ing gets tough abroad.

And af­ter spend­ing al­most a decade in Europe, one time Bafana Bafana’s Day­lon Claassen is the lat­est player to join the grow­ing list af­ter he signed with PSL cham­pi­ons Bid­vest Wits yes­ter­day.

Claassen’s re­turn to the PSL comes just a month af­ter Ayanda Patosi joined Cape Town City from Bel­gian side KSC Lok­eren.

The 27-year-old Claassen was a free agent af­ter part­ing ways with 1860 Mu­nich of Ger­many af­ter spend­ing three sea­sons with the club.

How­ever, the Klerks­dorp-born mid­fielder didn’t have it easy at the club as he saw lim­ited game time, mak­ing only 15 ap­pear­ances in the pre­vi­ous cam­paign, scor­ing just one goal.

Some of the play­ers who re­turned home early in­clude Mandla Masango and Tefu Mashamaite, who both failed to stay longer than two years abroad.

De­spite that, Wits coach Gavin Hunt is elated to have signed the for­mer Ajax Cape Town player, who started train­ing with the rest of the team yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Hunt feels the right winger will be a per­fect re­place­ment for the de­part­ing Mo­gakolodi Ngele, who re­turns to Mamelodi Sun­downs as his loan deal has ended.

“I feel with Ngele go­ing we need that pass, do you un­der­stand? You need the pass, like ev­ery team needs that fi­nal ball and I think Claassen can give us that,” Hunt said.

Claassen, who has nine Bafana caps to his name, left South Africa as an 18 year old for Nether­lands where he joined Ajax Am­s­ter­dam’s U-21 team in 2008.

Two years later he was shipped to Lierse SK of Bel­gium be­fore mov­ing to Poland’s Lech Poz­nan in 2013.

Wits are also as­sess­ing Chippa United mid­fielder Thamisanqa Sang­weni who has been train­ing with the club.

PIC­TURE: GALLO IMAGES

SNAPPED UP: Day­lon Claasen has joined Wits on a free trans­fer.

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