Palmer sticks to tactics for Wits match

2011-08-09 00:00

MARITZBURG United coach Ian Palmer has expressed satisfaction at how preparations have been going ahead of the new season kicking off at the weekend.

The Team of Choice have engaged in a series of pre-season tournaments, like the Premier’s Cup and the Uthukela Mayoral Cup. Though they did not win the events there were several positive aspects that they came away with.

Defence — and the need for a central defender — are concerns for Palmer. Acquiring another established forward ahead of the new season is also still high on his to-do list .

“We are looking at a couple of players to fill these positions and we are hoping to have the deals wrapped up before the end of the week,” he said.

Palmer added that he had been impressed by youngster Andile Gabisa, who shut up AmaZulu strikers during the Uthukela final.

“I am impressed by this boy. I'm going to play him. He’s young, willing to learn and has a bright future. On the strike front the search is still on,” said Palmer.

Maritzburg kick off the new campaign with a home match against Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala stadium on Sunday. Palmer said it is important to start the season on a high note.

“I urge the fans to come out in numbers. Playing before a big crowd always gives us the extra edge. We will rely on the fans’ support to realise our goal of competing strongly this season.”

A top-eight finish is a realistic aim for the Team of Choice this season, according to Palmer, who said that he is expecting a tough test from the Students on Sunday.

United are expected to start the match with two defensive midfielders and two wide players — the same strategy that Palmer employed in the recent Premier’s Cup. “We will be going out there to get nothing less than three points,” said Palmer.

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