‘Home’ match: Upbeat United to face bloem Celtic in Port Elizabeth

2012-03-13 00:00

MARITZBURG United travel to Port Elizabeth this morning for a “home” PSL encounter with Bloemfontein Celtic at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth tomorrow night.

The match is the second of three this season that the United board agreed to move away from Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg in a deal that has brought around R2,25 million into the club.

The first of the three matches at Nelson Mandela Bay saw United draw 0-0 to Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs, and coach Ernst Middendorp conceded yesterday that he would like to have played the match in front of his side’s home supporters, but added that it was not something that should detract from tomorrow’s performance.

“We would have liked to have a home game because we know we have a great atmosphere at home,” he told The Witness yesterday. “But we accept the decision. The players know the stadium and enjoy playing there and we will treat it as a home game.”

United are still without the services of regular goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters, who continues to recover from a knee injury. The club’s medical team has pinpointed next Wednesday’s home encounter with strugglers Black Leopards as a possible date for Walters to return. PSL veteran Francis Chansa will continue to stand in for Walters until then, and Middendorp expressed his confidence in the Congolese’s ability to do the job tomorrow night.

“He [Chansa] is an experienced keeper and he has done very well for us so far,” the German coach said.

United beat Celtic in a Nedbank Cup encounter at Harry Gwala on Friday night in what was Middendorp’s first victory since returning to his former club. But the Team of Choice have had a disappointing run of results in the PSL this year, collecting one point from a possible nine without scoring a goal in three matches.

With United scoring twice against Celtic on Friday, tomorrow’s match presents the perfect opportunity for Middendorp’s charges to return to winning ways and gain three valuable log points. PSL matches away at Golden Arrows and then at home to Leopards follow tomorrow night’s affair, all three of which must be viewed as winnable matches.

The match starts at 7.30pm and will not be televised.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.