Maritzburg United: senior Players not dwelling on past after defeat to wits

2012-10-02 00:00

MARITZBURG United’s fairytale start to the season might have come to an end with a sloppy 1-0 defeat at home to Wits on Friday night, but the professionalism of the senior players in the squad has ensured that there will be no dwelling on the past.

This is the view of Zimbabwean striker Terrance Mandaza, who is feeling far more comfortable at United after opening his scoring account with a 27 metre screamer against Black Leopards in Polokwane two fixtures ago.

“The senior players have made us all feel good; they have just gotten on with it and they know how to handle these situations,” the 28-year-old powerhouse from Harare told The Witness yesterday.

It will have been a hard few days for one of those senior players, captain and goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters. His error in communication with centre-back Mohamed Awal gifted Wits their goal. But Mandaza has stood by his skipper.

“We are all professionals and we understand that these things happen in football,” he said.

While the Wits loss has seen the Team of Choice slip to sixth in the PSL standings, it has still been an encouraging start to the season for coach Ernst Middendorp’s charges.

But a tricky trip to newly promoted Chippa United at Athlone Stadium is scheduled for Friday.

“They [Chippa] are newcomers, but they are playing very well at the moment,” said Mandaza. “We know that it will be a difficult game, but we are very focused.”

Mandaza said he was finally settling in at his new club and in his new city.

“The people and fans of Maritzburg have been very welcoming and I think I am starting to feel at home,” he said. “If I could start scoring goals for the team, then that would make me more than happy.”

Friday’s match kicks off at 8 pm and will be televised on SuperSport 4.

• sport@witness.co.za

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