Maritzburg United look set to make history

2015-05-07 06:00

MARITZBURG United’s dreams of ending the current season on a high note and within the top eight bracket look positive.

When the season kicked off United’s management, especially their chairman Farouk Kadodia, officially made it clear that the Team of Choice was prepared to go for broke and challenge for honours.

To prove that their dreams were still on track, the PMB outfit edged out the Nedbank Cup finalist Ajax Cape Town 1-0 on Tuesday night at Harry Gwala Stadium.

It proved to be a good night for United’s diehards who patiently waited the entire game to celebrate at the end.

Against the visiting Urban Warriors, Mohau Mokate scored in stoppage time as Maritzburg United strengthened their Top 8 Absa Premiership push.

From the onset the odds were against the home side and looked unlikely to score.

The Cape Town side dominated the game, but after being denied several times by the recalled Shuaib Walters, they watched all the points harshly stolen from them when Mokate nodded in a Deolin Mekoa right-side cross at the death of time.

While Maritzburg did have some possession in the opening half, it was Ajax that were by far the better team, doing everything but finding the back of the net.

United’s head coach Steve Komphela is also looking forward and likely to make history by becoming the first United coach to secure a top-eight finish.

Komphela agrees that United’s long cherished dream is to wrap it off among the best and on a high note.

“Maybe we should ask ourselves why this team kept failing to stay on top and in many instances battled around relegation zone many seasons ago. This time we are staying strong, positive and staying motivated to make it. I am glad and believe that players are aware and capable of doing it,” said Khompela.

The Team of Choice is in position seven and look set to earn more points. Tomorrow the PMB outfit will travel to Soweto’s Dobsonville Stadium to visit relegation-haunted Moroka Swallows for a match at 5pm.

Should United’s fight and team spirit stay intact against the once Mighty Dube Birds, they will be able to come back with their shoulders broad and high.

United’s PRO Brian Zuma says Swallows are likely to be tricky customers and dangerous because they are fighting to stave off relegation.

“While our mission will be to carry on with our mission of collecting points and finish in the top eight bracket, we will be forced to be cautious against Swallows because they are fighting for their lives,” said Zuma.

PSL weekend fixtures:

1 May

Moroka Swallows v Maritzburg United at Dobsonville Stadium at 5pm

2 May

Wits v Black Aces at Bidvest Stadium at 3pm, Free State Stars v Chippa United at Goble Park at 3pm, AmaZulu v SuperSport United 20:15 at Moses Mabhida Stadium at 8:15pm

3 May

Bloemfontein Celtic v Ajax Cape Town at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium at 3pm, Platinum Stars v Mamelodi Sundowns at Royal Bafokeng Stadium at 3pm

6 May

Ajax Cape Town v Moroka Swallows at Athlone Stadium at 7:30pm, Kaizer Chiefs v Wits at FNB Stadium at 7:30pm, Bloemfontein Celtic v Free State Stars at Free State Stadium at 7:30pm, Maritzburg United v Orlando Pirates at Harry Gwala Stadium at 7:30pm, SuperSport United v Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium at 7:30pm, Black Aces v Chippa United at Mbombela Stadium at 7:30pm, Platinum Stars v Polokwane City at Royal Bafokeng Stadium at 7:30pm, University of Pretoria v AmaZulu at Tuks Stadium at 7:30pm

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