United target Amakhosi scalps

2019-03-13 06:00

THE buoyant men of Maritzburg United are pleased that they don’t have any new suspensions or injuries affecting their challenging trip to Kaizer Chiefs in the Absa Premiership this week.

The Team of Choice lock horns with the Soweto giants at FNB Stadium outside Egoli at 6 pm on Saturday and coach Eric Tinkler confirmed on Tuesday that his team were left with nothing but good vibes after their 2-1 victory over AmaZulu on home soil at the weekend.

“No, everything is fine at present, no new injuries and no other suspensions except for Rushine de Reuck, who sits out his second match this week,” said the coach when asked about any manpower issues.

His captain, Brian Onyango, joined De Reuck on the sidelines for the lively encounter with AmaZulu at Harry Gwala Stadium because of an upper-leg injury, but Tinkler said the experienced Kenyan-born defender might have a chance of being in the squad selected to travel to Chiefs.

“Brian has not been in training, but his situation is looking positive. But the other good thing is that we managed to beat AmaZulu without Brian and Rushine. The team is in good spirits and we will go for a win against Chiefs on Saturday, nothing else.”

It goes without saying that Tinkler and company will hope that their main relegation rivals at present, Free State Stars, struggle to get their act together against mid-table Polokwane City in Bethlehem tonight.

Tinkler’s bottom-placed side are sitting three points behind Stars and Chippa United, four points behind Baroka and five points behind Black Leopards in the nether region of the standings. But Stars and Leopards have a game in hand and will want to make maximum use of it.

Meanwhile, Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is reportedly holding onto his team’s mathematical chance of finishing at the top end of the standings. “Mathematically, theoretically and practically anything is possible. We will prepare ourselves to the maximum,” the German told the KickOff website.

“We’ll have a very intensive week again to play against Maritzburg United, who had in my opinion a fantastic game and deserved to win [against AmaZulu], no doubt about it.

“As I said before, we have to stop this [habit of] throwing away points like we’ve done in the last few games, but I’m not thinking about results on other pitches.

“As long as we are going and realising and executing the successful three points regardless of which team we play, I’m good.

After that we’ll look into [the title race], but soccer is so unpredictable and that’s the nice X-factor of the game week-in and week-out.”

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Cape Town City 2 - 1 Mamelodi Sundowns

Orlando Pirates 1 - 1 Bloem Celtic

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