All going the Team of Choice’s way

2009-03-11 00:00

MARITZBURG United’s major injury scares from their Nedbank Cup victory over Thanda Royal Zulu have cleared up and the team will have their two in-form wingers, Fanyana Dhladhla and Tony Tsabedze, available for their crucial Premier Soccer League meeting with Santos at Woodburn Stadium on Saturday.

Right-wing Dhladhla, who has scored four goals in four games despite being relatively new to United, and left-wing Tsabedze, one of the team’s most consistent performers this season, both limped off during United’s 3-2 extra-time cup victory over Thanda on Sunday.

Skillful Dhladhla, a loan signing from Mamelodi Sundowns in the January transfer window, had a heavily bruised thigh, while little Swazi maestro Tsabedze had a hamstring strain, but both were in full training yesterday and cleared for Saturday’s match.

Justice Sithole, who has been finding his feet since his return to United in January, has a pulled muscle and will be out for a month.

United’s victory against Thanda was their second in succession for the first time this season and the team will have gained confidence as the pressure of their league relegation battle has eased in recent weeks.

United’s 2-1 away victory over Bay United before playing Thanda meant they opened up a four-point gap over second-last Bloemfontein Celtic and five over Bay, who have played two more games.

The Team of Choice will be looking for three more points at home to an eighth-placed Santos side who are almost impossible to beat in the Cape, but notoriously poor travelers.

United will also have several players, who were rested against Thanda, back and fresh and raring to go, including midfield battlers John Arwuah and Sylla Mbemba and central defender Bageta Dikilu.

After Santos, United play their rescheduled match against Wits University at Woodburn on Wednesday, Orlando Pirates at Woodburn on April 8, Platinum Stars away, Moroka Swallows (home), Free State Stars (home) and Thanda (away).

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