Maritzburg United: Diyo Sibisi looks to be back in scoring form

2011-10-31 00:00

FOOTBALL can be a nasty game. That was the reaction of Maritzburg United coach Ian Palmer after his side had conceded a last-minute goal to lose 2-1 to Santos in Friday’s PSL clash at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town.

He said, “We were gutted. We were all over them and we dominated the game, but that is the way football can go.”

United took the lead through a Diyo Sibisi header in the 86th minute, but were back on level terms less than a minute later when Santos’ Erwin Isaacs scored his second goal against Palmer’s men in a week.

Isaacs had scored the winner at the same venue a week earlier to knock United out of the Telkom Knockout, but it was a Peter Petersen own goal that gave Santos the win in the final seconds of play on Friday night.

Palmer said, “There is nobody pointing fingers at Peter; if it wasn’t him it could have been somebody else.”

United have had little time to recover from what is there third consecutive defeat.

The squad is in Port Elizabeth preparing for tomorrow night’s League game against Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs.

The match is United’s home game, but is one of the three fixtures the club has agreed to play away from Harry Gwala stadium.

Palmer added, “We know that if we take the game to Chiefs we can put them under pressure and stop them from playing. We desperately need a win.”

Though it may be tempting for the coach to tamper with a back four who have conceded 10 goals in three matches, Palmer said he will wait until today before making any decisions.

One shining light for United on Friday night was the return to form of Sibisi. The striker netted his fourth goal of the season.

Palmer said, “Diyo was always going to score, it was just a matter of time. He could have got two goals on Friday, but he is starting to recover from the injuries that he has been playing with and we are happy with him.”

Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 7.30 pm and will be televised on SuperSport four.

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