United aim to chalk up first Harry Gwala win

2016-12-14 06:02
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MARITZBURG United defender Danso Weidlich urged his teammates to build on their impressive victory over Baroka FC and go on a long winning streak.

The Team of Choice recorded their third win of the season away to Kgoloko Thobejane’s side, beating them 1-0 thanks to a goal from attacking midfielder Sheldon van Wyk.

The 30-year-old centre-back, who is of Ghanaian decent, but grew up in Germany, praised his teammates for showing great determination to come back from a scoreless half-time to steal all three points.

‘‘I think it’s nice when you travel far and come back with points. It’s three valuable points for us. We’re not paying attention to the table at this stage. For us it’s just important to play, not

only a good game but to get points as well.

“Everyone is quite calm and focused on the next test. Football is unpredictable, we definitely need to build on the win and just keep going. We came back a different side in the second half and showed determination.”

Weidlich made his 12th appearance since signing for the Team of Choice at the beginning of the season and played a key role in helping United to victory on Sunday afternoon, and feels the win comes as a huge confidence booster to them.

Speaking ahead of their next showdown against Orlando Pirates, Weidlich­ is hoping his side can make home advantage count.

‘‘Yes, we play Orlando Pirates­, but we are also Maritzburg United. We’re not scared of anyone. The best thing is just to concentrate on our own game and with the big support at home we must put in the effort and hopefully get the three points.

“I know [that] every second week we play at home we’ve been under pressure because we haven’t won so far. But, I think the important thing is that we just keep on playing well and the results will come.”

The Ghanaian-German admitted frustration at the team’s inability to string victories together this season.

“We need to back results up. I know we have a quality team. We just need to be more consistent in winning games. We can’t keep going through the season with one win and then a draw. We’ve had defeats and draws we looked at after playing and thought we should have won. The focus for me is winning the next game and every game that follows,’’ he said.

The Team of Choice are still without a coach following Ernst Middendorp’s resignation recently.

The vacant head coaching role is yet to be filled, with the PMB outfit due to hold a press conference today at Harry Gwala Stadium, where a new coach is expected to be unveiled.

United are in ninth position on the log with 14 points after 12 outings, and next welcome the Buccaneers on Tuesday, 13 December. Kickoff is at 7.30pm.

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