United banking on new striker

2019-10-02 06:01
PHOTO: Gallo imagesNew Maritzburg United striker Jeremy Brockie, pictured here with club boss Farook Kadodia, is set to make his debut for the distressed club this week in a home game.

PHOTO: Gallo imagesNew Maritzburg United striker Jeremy Brockie, pictured here with club boss Farook Kadodia, is set to make his debut for the distressed club this week in a home game.

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MASSIVELY-troubled Maritzburg United have new striker Jeremy Brockie in their selection frame for the first time this week and everybody attached to the low-lying club have their fingers crossed that the deadly New Zealander will spark a turnaround in fortunes.

The down-to-earth hitman could not be fielded in the local team’s 2-1 loss away to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership at the weekend — which was their third defeat of the season and fifth game without a win — because of a special clause in the player’s loan agreement between the “Team of Choice” and “Masandawana”.

But Brockie is definitely available to make his debut for coach Eric Tinkler’s under-performing side against fellow stragglers Chippa United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.

The under-fire Tinkler is not expected to delay Brockie, while hoping his lack of match fitness does not pose a major problem during the proceedings, according to United.

Tinkler will likely be scraping for positives in his depressed environment, and Brockie’s availability is one.

It also comes against a background of none of Tinkler’s other strikers in camp having scored a goal this season. This was even when a penalty opportunity arose in one of their home matches. Club boss Farook Kadodia says everybody is expecting the beleaguered coach to be fired soon because of the team’s poor results to date — which is natural in the soccer world — but he is strongly calling on the players to up their game and follow Tinkler’s instructions to the death.

“The coach can’t be held solely responsible for the results all the time, the players also have to take responsibility, shoulder more blame,” said an angry Kadodia this week.

“Yes, Brockie should play this week, but we also need the other guys to show improved concentration levels throughout matches.

“When you are trying to secure three points in a home match, like against Highlands Park earlier this season, or one point in an away game, like against Sundowns in Pretoria on Saturday, you have to stay focused right until the end. But, some of our guys are not doing that.

“However, if we can get six points from our next two home games, against Chippa this week and Baroka next week, it will change our situation for the better. That’s what we hope to see.”

Tinkler has seen his erratic men suffer losses to Golden Arrows away, Black Leopards at home and Sundowns away since the season began in early August.

In between, they have had stalemates with Highlands at Harry Gwala Stadium and newly-promoted Stellenbosch away.

Meanwhile, AmaZulu were also desperate for their first win of the season when they hosted Kaizer Chiefs in Durban yesterday in the only midweek fixture.

Usuthu, like Maritzburg, have picked up just two points from their first five assignments of this league campaign.

New coach Jozef Vukusic was due to make his debut for the last-placed Durbanites, who fired Cavin Johnson last Monday and quickly brought in the 55-year-old Slovakian as a replacement.

Former United coach Ernst Middendorp’s Chiefs, on the other hand, will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season against high-flying Polokwane City at home a fortnight ago — so goals were almost guaranteed for the public holiday crowd.


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