Maritzburg United travel to Dobsonville with their tails up

2011-12-20 00:00

A MUCH happier Maritzburg United will travel to Soweto tomorrow night to take on Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium in the last round of PSL fixtures for 2011.

Goals from Mor Diouf, Felix Obada and Prince Olomu secured United’s first league win in seven attempts when they defeated Jomo Cosmos on Saturday, and coach Ian Palmer has praised his players for the effort they showed against the league’s last-placed side.

“The players all knew what was at stake and they deserve all the credit,” he told The Witness yesterday, after the side’s afternoon training session.

“They were all completely committed and there were a few stand-out performances.”

One of those performances belonged to Olomu, who scored his first goal for the club after making the move from Bloemfontein Celtic at the start of the season, but has failed to impress.

“I was very happy to see Prince on the score sheet; hopefully things will snowball now and he will start scoring more.”

Palmer said he had not noticed a difference in Olomu since the goal.

“He is a professional and he always trains the same way.”

However, tomorrow night’s match is bound to be more difficult for United. Coached by former United boss Gordon Igesund, Swallows occupy fourth position on the PSL log, but are only seven points clear of 11th placed Maritzburg.

Palmer has attributed the Johannesburg side’s impressive start this season to experience.

“If you look at their side, most of their players are very experienced so they have known how to keep their good run going,” said Palmer.

Central midfielder Chillies Madondo, who played a crucial role in United’s win on Saturday with an accurate passing display, picked up a yellow card in that match and is suspended for tomorrow night’s affair.

“We will definitely miss him,” Palmer conceded. “But we have Kurt [Lentjies] back and we also have Wayne [Matle] and Prince who can play in that role, so we’ll be okay.”

The only absentees from yesterday’s training session were central defender Byrone Hendricks, who had a scan of his mid-section after picking up a knock on Saturday, and right back Rheece Evans, who is fighting a mild dose of flu.

Both are expected to recover in time to make the trip to Soweto.

Tomorrow night’s match kicks off at 7.30 and will be shown on SABC 1.

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