Shooting the breeze

2018-05-23 06:02
Maritzburg United team.PHOTO: sourced

Maritzburg United team.PHOTO: sourced

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I must say last weekend and this coming Saturday is an exciting one for more than two reasons as far as local sports is concerned.

Obviously we are all aware that the PSL season has been wrapped up and the good news is that all our KwaZulu- Natal clubs, Maritzburg United, AmaZulu and Lamontville Golden Arrows are all in the top eight bracket.

This means for the very first time in PSL and KZN history, all our teams will be taking part in the popular MTN 8 at the beginning of the season.

As I said, this alone is history for our province and also speaks volumes about our standard of professional soccer and club owners.

Another new piece of good history was made by the local outfit Maritzburg United for qualifying for the first time to play in the final of any competition, this time the Nedbank Cup in the PSL history.

To the well disciplined, level headed Maritzburg United technical bench under the head coach Fadlu Davids, his management, especially, the chairman Farouk Kadodia, from the bottom of my hearts I am saying well done, we are proud of you and you also made our city and province very proud.

I remember the last time we celebrated the PSL title in KZN was back in 1996 when the then Durban side Manning Rangers under the head coach Gordon Igesund took all the Gauteng giants by surprise to win the league.

I still remember clearly that night after Ranger’s last fixture at Chatsworth Stadium, me and my two friends and colleagues, Joe Gengan and Rashin Ballim actually went pass Westville Pavilion, on our way Maritzburg, just to have a small time and brief celebration.

We were also more excited because before we made it to Maritzburg, Rangers CEO Afzal Khan and our good friend contacted us to find out if we were safe.

For Maritzburg United to finish in the top eight and make it to the final means a lot and will bring a lot of investments in sports to the “city of choice”.

It will also upgrade the profile of our city, the club and players to the other level. I am personally expecting Pietermaritzburg United to dominate the official PSL’s annual prize giving ceremony in few days to come.

Mark my words, a handful of names that will be honoured during this ceremony will come from the Team of Choice camp.

Lastly, to United’s management, players, technical bench, especially, Davids and followers, let’s all go to Cape Town Stadium on Saturday with our shoulders high, play smart, stay level headed, motivated, bravely and bring the Nedbank Cup to Maritzburg. We trust you and we believe in you. All the best!

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