Ill discipline costing Maritzburg UNITED

2010-12-15 00:00

BEING an ardent supporter of the Team of Choice, it saddens me to see the ill discipline that is creeping into this camp. From the Maritzburg United coach (Ernst Middendorp), the goalkeeper and captain (Shuaib Walters) to all the players this seems to be a common occurrence.

Going back to the game against SuperSport United (a 2-2 draw at Harry Gwala Stadium), Walters’ suspension caused United to rely on an inexperienced reserve goalkeeper (Johnny Mathole), which effectively cost us three points. It is becoming increasing difficult to put a formidable team on the field without one of the regulars suspended.

Most recently, in Friday’s 3-2 defeat against Vasco da Gama in Cape Town, Maritzburg were dominating and the scores locked at 1-1 before Fadlu Davids committed a deliberate foul and was sent off. From there on in United battled and eventually lost this game. Davids is becoming a liability to the Team of Choice and he should be put on a free transfer because when he plays, he runs around aimlessly, causing little concern to the opposition.

It’s time the management team stepped in and had a serious discussion with the team. We cannot be present in the PSL, year in and year out, just to stave off relegation. The January transfer window period is almost upon us, and Maritzburg would do well to acquire the services of some skilful players.

Suresh Bharath Pietermaritzburg

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