SOCCER: Maritzburg United aim for unbeaten first round

2007-11-23 00:00

WHILE the Soweto Derby and 2010 World Cup Preliminary Draw in Durban hog the headlines this weekend, Maritzburg United will continue with their NFD Coastal Stream campaign against Nathi Lions in Clermont today.

United travel to the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont, south of Durban, with the aim of finishing the first of three rounds unbeaten and top of the Coastal Stream.

The PMB side are currently three points clear at the top in an impressive start that has seen them win four games and draw two away with 10 men.

The KZN derby between Lions, coached by former Maritzburg boss Mlungisi “Professor” Ngubane, and United might not have the gloss of the Orlando Pirates-Kaizer Chiefs Soweto derby being played in Durban tomorrow, but it is sure to be highly competitive in its own manner.

It will be United’s second away game in a row following their tough 1-1 draw against Bay United in Port Elizabeth two weeks ago.

Lions are sure to be a competitive outfit under Ngubane.

The former Durban Bush Bucks striker guided the Durban team from the relegation zone to mid-table in a previous stint at the club last season, and was pushing for a play-offs position before leaving to join Maritzburg for their last seven matches, who were relegated from the Premier Soccer League.

Today: Nathi Lions v Maritzburg United (Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, Clermont, 3pm), Hanover Park v Ikapa Sporting (Vygieskraal, 8 pm)

Tomorrow: Western Province United v FC Cape Town (Wynberg Military Stadium, 3 pm), Bay United v Durban Stars (Woolfsons, 3 pm)

Coastal Stream Standings after six matches: Mburg United 14 points, Bay Utd 11, Ikapa Sporting 9, Nathi Lions 9, FC Cape Town 8, Dbn Stars 6, WP Utd 3, Hanover 2.

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