Ndlovu urges team-mates to focus on league match

2018-05-16 06:00
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  • WITH one eye on the Nedbank Cup trophy, grief-stricken Maritzburg United are putting on a brave face as they look to conclude their magical Absa Premiership season with a home win against Golden Arrows this weekend, according to midfielder Siphe­sihle Ndlovu

The 21-year-old Ndlovu is one of three players who are back in contention from suspension for the clash at Harry Gwala Stadium, the others being Mxolisi Kunene and Richard Ofori.

The trio missed the club’s 2-0 defeat against Kaizer Chiefs in the last game in Johannesburg and, despite trying circumstances facing the local club at the moment as they prepare to bid their final farewell to deceased team-mate Luyanda Ntshangase tomorrow, Ndlovu said they still had hopes of finishing in third place in the Premiership.

He said: “We are obviously still coming to terms with what has happened. It hasn’t been easy for us. We’ve lost two brothers in one season, but we know how important this game is.

“We need to draw strength from this situation and try to win. We still have a slim chance to finish in third position, so we have to keep our foot on the gas.”

Earlier this season another young Maritzburg reserve, Mlondi Dlamini, died in a car accident.

The Midlands side head into Saturday’s encounter sitting in fourth place on the log with 43 points — just two adrift of Kaizer Chiefs who have a daunting trip to relegation-threatened Ajax Cape Town on the same day.

But the KwaMpumuza-born player, who recently received a Bafana Bafana call-up, is not fazed by the nature of Saturday’s clash being a provincial derby, but rather sees it as an opportunity to claim maximum points.

The hope is that the Soweto giants drop points in Cape Town. Ndlovu, who is itching to get back on the pitch this coming weekend, also offered his heartfelt condolences to the Ntshangase family who will bury their son tomorrow in his hometown.

“We are not focusing on the nature of the match being a derby or grudge match.
It’s a game that offers a chance for us to finish third.

“It’s going to be an emotional match because Luyanda was a brother.”

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