Davids welcomes new striker

2010-11-05 00:00

STRIKER Fadlu Davids says he is relieved to have another forward scoring goals at Maritzburg United in new, on-loan player Diyo Sibisi, which has taken some of the pressure off the United captain’s shoulders.

United skipper Davids has rarely had much in the way of a decent striking partner in his three-and-a-half seasons at the club, and the pressure was always heaped on the light-weight but gutsy and physical striker to come through with the goals.

This he has done by finishing top scorer for the club in his last three seasons.

And instead of being threatened by Sibisi’s arrival, Davids says he is looking forward to establishing a scoring partnership with the burly former Mamelodi Sundowns and Free State Stars forward.

“It’s great having Diyo around,” Davids said yesterday. “It just keeps everyone on their toes and who’s to say we can’t play together as well.

“It takes a bit of pressure off me, because it’s always been on my shoulders to score goals. He came in at the right time because I had a knee operation in the off-season and it’s been taking time to fully recover from that.

“Hopefully when I’m back to my best we can form a deadly partnership.”

Davids said Sunday’s game could just be the turning point for United against Sundowns, who the PMB team have a woeful record against.

“Our record’s not the best against them but we’ve been on a bit of an unbeaten run, and a good run after a bad start. The morale is up and the confidence is there so hopefully we stand a better chance than we ever did with them.”

After going four games without a win at the start of the season, United are unbeaten in three matches.

Davids said he believes the PMB team have a squad that can challenge for a place in the Premier Soccer League’s top eight.

“We’ve got a lot more young players than last season, who are hungry to do well. Perhaps we do need to strengthen the squad in the transfer window but I think we’ve got the squad to reach the top eight. We just needed that turnaround. We didn’t start off well and that first win [against Moroka Swallows] was just what we needed to lift things.”

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