There’s more to come

2013-09-26 00:00

MARITZBURG United striker Thokozani Sekotlong has promised more to come from the Team of Choice this season after they left the Dobsonville Stadium with a point on the weekend.

With United lying in ninth spot, just three points behind league leaders SuperSport United in a congested PSL table, the 21-year-old Sekotlong said their goal of a top-eight finish was still the target with the season having just begun.

“We’re still looking at finishing in the top eight. And, with a bit of luck, we would like to be in one of the cup finals,” he told The Witness after the team’s training session at Carter High School yesterday.

United start their cup campaign against Platinum Stars in under two weeks, and the former University of Pretoria star said they needed to get a few training sessions under their belt to ensure everyone was ready for the tie.

“There are a few niggling injuries in the squad for us to be ready for the game against Platinum Stars,” he said.

Sekotlong scored his first PSL goal for the club in their 1-1 draw this weekend against Moroka Swallows and felt it went a long way to repaying the faith put in him by coach Ernst Middendorp.

“I felt relieved. When you come to a new team, you want to do well and contribute to the club,” he said. “You always want to make the coach feel he made a good decision in signing you.”

Had United held on after opening the scoring against the Dube Birds, they would have registered their second straight win, which would have seen them sit amongst the leading group on 10 points, having gone three games without a win. “We weren’t worried when we weren’t winning. It’s the beginning of the season and most teams haven’t got going yet. We were just working on our performance and playing well.”

He added that it would have been good to take the three points home, but there was a long way to go in the season.

Personally, he said the goal for himself was to establish himself in the team.

“I want to work on getting into the starting eleven and score goals. Getting into double figures is not easy in the PSL, but that’s where I’m aiming,” he said.

He concluded by saying that getting into the national side was “everybody’s dream”, and hoped that it was not just players from big clubs that were being looked at.

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