2016-04-20 06:00

BEFORE it’s too late and I blame myself for keeping quiet, let me rather talk or suggest. As my old great writer, firebrand human rights activist and eloquent public speaker, Steve Bantu Biko once put it: “It is better to die for an ideal that will live, than to live for an ideal that will die.”

To be short and direct to the point, the whole of KwaZulu- Natal, especially the Greater Pietermaritzburg, is spending sleepless nights and really worried about Maritzburg United.

Needless to say, the current situation is unacceptable. I may be wrong, but let me rather not say anything about the concentration of the team for the whole of 90 minutes, but suggest a couple of things.

Believe me, if it’s done properly, my suggestions will do the trick.

Firstly, the Team of Choice management need to get a sports psychologist for a session with the whole team, especially before their game against Mpumalanga Black Aces on Saturday.

Secondly, United’s head coach Ernst Middendorp needs to bring in Vigil Vries instead of Glenn Verbauwhede. I feel Vries is more familiar with situations such as these. He also now understands South African soccer culture more than Verbauwhede.

Thirdly and finally, Maritzburg United management, especially their public relations-marketing department must consider filling up the stadium to the afters for their games at home.

The only way to do it is to allow part of the Pietermaritzburg community members into the stadium for free. Allow at least three local schools in for free.

Also allow passionate women soccer followers in for free, at least the first 100.

On a final note, I appeal to all United’s players to play their heart out and triple their efforts in the field, it’s about our City of Choice here, your careers, sponsors, PSL status and our province.

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