‘Maritzburg United - not in crisis’

2016-04-20 06:00
PHOTO: backpage pix  Maritzburg United players celebrate a goal in one of their matches. They need to score more goals and defend well if they want to retain their PSL status next season.

PHOTO: backpage pix Maritzburg United players celebrate a goal in one of their matches. They need to score more goals and defend well if they want to retain their PSL status next season.

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MARITZBURG United may be experiencing an endless battling to move away from the relegation zone, but the club says the situation is under control and insists there is no crisis in the camp.

Last Saturday many of the Team of Choice die-hards left Harry Gwala Stadium heartbroken after their side lost 4-2 to another relegation zone candidate, University of Pretoria.

Many local soccer followers and pundits keep on asking - why is United, in most cases, the first ones to score or take the lead, but the always end up on the losing side?

The other million-dollar question that has been bandied about in local soccer circles is why is head coach Ernst Middendorp running out of ideas and is he actually capable of helping United retain their PSL status?

United communication manager Brian Zuma­ says the team was “just unlucky in some games and improvement is already there”.

Zuma also says their first-choice goalkeeper Glenn Verbauwhede was not the problem, it was just that the defence needed to be tight and organised­.

“There has been an improvement. We won against Bloemfontein Celtic and Lamontville Golden Arrows without conceding.

“We are just not consistent. It is the players that must execute. The coach works hard on this at training.

“Our keeper Glenn had a very good game against Arrows. He has made some good saves in previous games, but the defence has to work as a unit,” said Zuma.

This Saturday at Harry Gwala Stadium at 8pm, the Team of Choice will be visited by Mpumalanga Black Aces.

The clash is expected to be interesting and to produce fireworks because Aces were responsible­ for bundling United out of the Nedbank­ Cup when they beat them 2-0 a fortnight ago.

Zuma says fighting relegation is still on, and they still have seven games to go.

“We are still left with seven fixtures to play for before the end of the season.

“We strongly believe we are still in it and are positive that we will be able to avoid relegation.

“We trust and believe in our players and in our technical bench,” he said.

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