Larsen happy with United’s progress

2013-11-20 00:00

MARITZBURG United have had the upper hand against Golden Arrows over the last couple of seasons, and will fancy their chances to get the three points when they meet again at the King Zwelethini Stadium in Durban this Sunday.

The Team of Choice have already got one over AmaZulu this season, and after finishing last term as the highest team in KwaZulu-Natal, they will want to once again let their rivals know just who the best team in the province is.

“In all the years that I’ve been here, we’ve always seemed to get a decent result against Arrows,” skipper Michael Morton told The Witness after an intense session in the gym yesterday.

“It’s a game that we need to win if you look at our fixtures coming up,” he said.

The fixtures are coming thick and fast after an international break with former champions Orlando Pirates coming to Pietermaritzburg a week earlier than originally scheduled.

The game against Buccaneers was meant to be on December 3, but has now been moved to next Wednesday, just four days after the KZN derby as the “second star chasers” now have to catch up in the league having played only three games so far.

The focus, however, for coach Clinton Larsen and his charges remained on Arrows.

Having gone through something of an injury crisis earlier on in the season, only two players — Robyn Johannes and Nhlanhla Vilakazi — were still on the road to recovery, Larsen said yesterday.

“It’s good to have so many players available, and we hope to keep it that way because we’ve been very thin,” Larsen told The Witness.

With the league going into an international break, United played three friendly games over the course of last week, and Larsen was happy with how they went.

A player he was particularly happy with was David Booysen who had just returned from a long-term injury.

“He did very well. He played just over an hour in all three games.”

The club has seen a change in playing style since the attack-minded Larsen took over from German tactician Ernst Middendorp last month.

“We’re going through a process, going through a change. We will try and dominate opposing teams and keep the ball for longer periods and try and create more chances,” he said, adding that they were also working on improving their executing their chances.

The coach also praised goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters who has been one of the club’s top performers this season, saying that he was sure his Number One was on Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund’s radar.

“He’s been one of the most consistent performers, and he’s been one of the top three, top four at worst ’keeper in the league, and he’s put himself in line to be recalled into the national set-up. He deserves it,” Larsen said.

With Orlando Pirates’s first visit to Pietermaritzburg since 2011 just a week away, tickets for the game will go on sale tomorrow at R60 for adults, and R20 for children.

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