Team of Choice meet Arrows in high noon semi-final

2011-07-29 00:00

MARITZBURG United returned from their pre-season tour of Johannesburg yesterday and will spend today preparing for Sunday’s Premier’s Cup, where they are set to meet Golden Arrows in a semi-final at noon.

If United win their semi-final match they will play the winners of the 9 am kick-off between Thanda Royal Zulu and AmaZulu in a 4 pm final.

The side played friendlies against Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United this week, beating the former 4-3 and going down 1-0 to the latter, and coach Ian Palmer says the tour on a whole was a success.

“It wasn’t too bad. We gave a very good account of ourselves against Swallows and the boys have been training very well.

“It was a great chance for us to get a look at some of our new players and see them start to blend into the squad,” said Palmer.

Among the players on the tour there were new signings defenders Wayne Matle, who joins Maritzburg from Kaizer Chiefs, and Morne Davids, who has been a regular at First Division club FC Cape Town.

Palmer said he is excited about the prospect of both players. “They have both slotted in well.

“Obviously we need to work with them a bit and get them where the rest of the team is tactically, but they are both very quick players which is encouraging,” he said.

Palmer said United are still in the hunt for one or two more players before the season kicks off mid-August.

The coach added that results at this weekend’s Premier’s Cup would not be his priority.

“It is still pre-season and Sunday will give our new players the opportunity to play in front of a crowd.

“That and the match fitness of the players is our priority.

The Team of Choice take on an Arrows side that is coached by former Maritzburg United boss Ernst Middendorp.

This weekend’s Premier’s Cup takes place at the King Goodwill Zwelithini stadium in Umlazi.

Entrance to the stadium, which will host three matches in a day, is free.

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