‘More goals will be coming’

2012-10-30 00:00

THE hangover from Maritzburg United’s dramatic late equaliser against Kaizer Chiefs on Friday night was only just wearing off yesterday, and the hero on the day Terrance Mandaza has described his goal that night as one of the highlights of his career.

United were dead and buried in the 97th minute of the match when Mandaza, out of nowhere, popped up and headed a floated Peter Petersen cross past a fully stretched Itumeleng Khune in the Chiefs goal.

It has been a tough couple of weeks for the striker / winger. A poor performance a week earlier against Moroka Swallows in the Telkom Knockout saw him left out of the starting lineup against Chiefs, but he answered his critics in the best way possible after coming off the bench.

“It was a very important goal for me and one that I will remember for the rest of my life,” the 28-year-old Zimbabwean told The Witness yesterday. “It was important for me to score in front of my home fans and I am sure now that more will be coming.”

Mandaza praised his side’s ‘never-say-die’ attitude.

“We were under pressure. We were 1-0 down and we thought we had lost,” he said. “But we kept going and I think we deserved to share the points at the end.”

But there is little time to dwell on what was a moment indicative of United’s resolve this season.

This Friday sees coach Ernst Middendorp’s charges host SuperSport United at Harry Gwala in the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout.

“It will not be an easy game,” Mandaza added. “We have to take advantage of playing in front of the home support. They always motivate us to play better.”

Meanwhile, United midfielder Ryan de Jongh faces the prospect of disciplinary action after he was substituted midway through the first half of the Chiefs game after picking up a yellow card for a dangerous two-footed challenge on Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

De Jongh let his disapproval of Middendorp’s decision to sacrifice him be known by throwing a small temper tantrum on the United bench. To his credit, De Jongh calmed down and sulked quietly on the bench of the field for the second half.

The team’s commercial manager Younus Kadodia confirmed yesterday that a post-match meeting with the coach was due to take place last night, and that any further actions on the matter would only be decided then.

“If any disciplinary action is taken, it will not be before tomorrow [this] morning,” said Kadodia.

Good news for United is that all those involved in the Chiefs game have come through it without injury or suspension and attacking midfielder Mthokozisi Yende returns from suspension to bolster up the attack for SuperSport.

United will resume training today after being given the weekend and yesterday to recuperate.

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