Maritzburg United football

2011-11-22 00:00

THE fact that Maritzburg United, who were beaten 1-0 in their last PSL encounter against Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria on Sunday, have only scored one goal in their last four league outings is of concern to the club’s chairperson, Farouk Kadodia.

“It is definitely a worry,” the chairperson confirmed.

Kadodia acknowledged that it had not been easy for coach Ian Palmer with United’s five last competitive matches being played outside of Pietermaritzburg and added that injury had made the task of scoring goals even more difficult.

The club’s leading scorer this season with four goals, striker Diyo Sibisi, was forced to sit out of the Sundowns game due to suspension.

It might not have mattered, though, as Sibisi continues to fight an ankle injury that has plagued him all season.

“We are hopeful that Diyo will be fit for the Free State Stars game in Pietermaritzburg [November 30],” an optimistic Kadodia told The Witness.

Another blow to United’s goal scoring ambitions has been the news that striker Jacob Abobade appears a long way from making an impact as he struggles to recover from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in pre-season.

“He will be going for a scan tomorrow [today].

“He has already had his shoulders and neck looked at and doesn’t seem too hopeful,” said Kadodia.

“It looks like he might need surgery.”

If Fadlu Davids was in some kind of form, then United might be able to survive a little longer without Sibisi, but this is not the case.

Davids was withdrawn 58 minutes into Sunday’s match for the younger Renaldo Donnelly.

However, Kadodia said he was confident that a return to Harry Gwala stadium would get United’s season back on track.

“We have our next three games in Natal [KwaZulu Natal] and we need to put the pieces back together and start producing the football that we were [expecting],” the chairperson said.

“We need to get the finishing area sorted out.”

Kadodia added that a more realistic idea of where the Pietermaritzburg side can finish at the end of the PSL season would be made clearer over the next few matches.

“We have four matches left before Christmas and after that we will have a clearer idea of what the future holds for us,” he explained.

“Our destiny is in the hands of the coach and players.”

sport@witness.co.za

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