Maritzburg United can still pull it off - former player

2016-04-27 06:00
Maritzburg United players told ‘the fight is not yet over’ and asked not to give up and fight nail and tooth.PHOTO: BackpagePix

Maritzburg United players told ‘the fight is not yet over’ and asked not to give up and fight nail and tooth.PHOTO: BackpagePix

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THE recent results or performance of Maritzburg United may raise eyebrows and give supporters a slim hope for survival­, but their former star defender Peter Petersen believes his old team can still pull it off and surprise many.

The Cape Town-born and well-travelled defender says the Team of Choice’s chances of avoiding the dreaded relegation axe are possible and real.

The former Bafana Bafana player says United’s players only need to improve their fighting and winning mentality, not panic, and work as a unit.

Yesterday the Team of Choice played against Golden Arrows away at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi. At the time of going to press results were unavailable.

Last Friday at home they went down 2-0 to the visitors, Mpumalanga Black Aces, which worsened any hope of survival in the elite league.

Petersen says the fight is not yet over though because there are still a handful of games, and points to play for.

“This is soccer my brother and the chances for Maritzburg United are still possible and alive.

“In situations such as these, you don’t give up and you fight until the end of the season.”

The former Moroka Swallows star right-back asks United’s players­ not to give up and fight tooth and nail.

“They must just have big hearts, the struggle is not yet over. I believe Maritzburg United will pull it off and will still play in the PSL next season,” says Petersen.

Petersen also says Ernst Middendorp is one of the best coaches in the league and must not be blamed for giving away easy games.

“The coach can only do so much. It is now up to the players to raise their hands and be counted. Middendorp is doing a great job and cannot be blamed.”

The retired defender also asks fans to continue going to the stadium­ in droves and not to give up supporting them.

“This period is very critical and the support from the entire Pietermaritzburg community is desperately needed,” said Petersen.

United’s next league game will be on 26 April against Free State Stars at Goble Park away in Bethlehem.

In March 2013 Petersen made history when he became the first player in the club’s Premiership history to reach a century of games for the club following his appearance in the 2-1 win over Black Leopards.

Petersen has held the club record for the most starts, which enabled him to reach a personal milestone by being the first player to reach 100 games in the club’s short history of seven seasons in the Premier League.

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