United face SuperSport at home

2012-10-24 00:00

THEY have a daunting date with log leaders Kaizer Chiefs at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday, but the good news for Maritzburg United fans is that they have even more quality football to look forward to in the coming weeks.

Last night’s draw for the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout sees the Team of Choice hosting SuperSport United at “The Graveyard”. The date for the clash is yet to be confirmed, but next weekend has been set aside for all four quarter-finals.

With United also at home to Bloemfontein Celtic in a league encounter on November 7, Harry Gwala is now set to host three of the PSL’s most attractive sides in the space of less than three weeks.

With the Telkom Knockout now being viewed as a realistic chance for United to challenge for silverware this season, the team’s commercial manager Younus Kadodia emphasised the importance of being drawn at home.

“It is a very difficult game, but being drawn at home means that we now have three games in a row in Maritzburg,” said Kadodia.

“It was always going to be a difficult draw so the most important thing is that we will not have to do any travelling over the next couple of weeks.”

But it is Friday’s clash with Chiefs that has the town talking, as is always the case when one of the Soweto giants pay Harry Gwala a visit.

The United squad have continued with their week of light training and an upset win for coach Ernst Middendorp and his charges would see United move just two points behind Chiefs at the top of the table.

Chiefs are the only side still unbeaten in the PSL, but United’s form has convinced just about everybody that they can compete against the best in the league this season.

United’s defence, highly praised for their start to the campaign, will have their abilities stretched to the limit by a Chiefs side that will be spearheaded by an in-form Bernard Parker.

The stadium will be packed, the atmosphere will be electric and the result is, in what is a testament to United’s turnaround this season, far from a certainty.

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