United can ‘go all the way in Nedbank’

2010-04-16 00:00

MARITZBURG United are motivated for their Nedbank Cup first- round fixture against AmaZulu at Harry Gwala Stadium tomorrow, says midfielder Kurt Lentjies, and the team have the ability to go all the way in the competition.

United were booted out of the Telkom Cup by tomorrow’s opposition with a 1-0 first round defeat at Moses Mabhida Stadium last month. Lentjies said it will be a different story for the PMB team in front of their home fans.

“This is our home ground and we have a good record here. Not that it was that different at Moses Mabhida — we just missed a few chances there, me as well, and had a clear goal disallowed. That changes a game.”

United looked flat in their Telkom loss against AmaZulu, and Lentjies said he expects a more motivated performance tomorrow. If United lose, their season will be over, though the team will continue training until May 15.

“In hindsight, when I actually watched the game on TV that night, I can agree that AmaZulu were more hungry and we looked lethargic. We weren’t quick enough to the ball and that’s why they went through.

“The motivation is there. We know if we don’t win we have to train for one month without playing.

“We have to win and go all the way to the finals of the Nedbank, and that’s definitely possible with the players we have.

“It would be good to try to win a trophy. In the league, we were disappointed that we didn’t make it to the top eight. But we did end 11th, which is Maritzburg’s highest finish in the PSL, and I’m happy to be a part of that.”

United were in excellent form in December and January, though this tailed off in March.

“Maybe towards the end it was because we don’t have such a big squad,” Lentjies explained.

“Because of the World Cup we had games on a Wednesday and a Saturday, and couldn’t rotate the team often.

“When we made changes, you could see some players were off pace because they hadn’t been playing regularly.

“In goal scoring, since we lost Fadlu [Davids, to injury] we haven’t had that killer instinct to finish chances. There was no doubt we were creating chances, but I think we were just a bit unlucky in front of goal,” he said.

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