Utd working hard

2019-09-18 06:01
On the ball ... Maritzburg midfielder Miguel Timm.PHOTO: gallo images

On the ball ... Maritzburg midfielder Miguel Timm.PHOTO: gallo images

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THEY say time is a healer, and Maritzburg United won’t deny that because they are set to enjoy a much-needed boost on the manpower front and in terms of tactical understanding between coach and players before entering their next match in a fortnight.

The off-form local outfit say that midfielders Miguel Timm and Gabriel Nyoni will be ready to face Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria on September 21, while coach Eric Tinkler has been working hard with his old and new men in training to gell te team.

Timm and Nyoni were not able to feature when Tinkler’s goal-shy unit fell 1-0 to Black Leopards in their last assignment in the Absa Premiership at Harry Gwala Stadium on August 28.

But club boss Farook Kadodia says all hands are now on deck and, as a necessity, Tinkler put his men through two friendlies last week and more are to follow this week as part of the fitness and tactical cohesion issues.

The club’s latest signing, Jeremy Brockie from Sundowns, won’t be allowed to feature against his former employers on September 21 as part of the loan arrangement between the two clubs. But all other players in Maritzburg’s camp promise to be available for the trip to Sundowns, according to Kadodia.

Brockie’s debut for the “Team of Choice” is due to come against fellow stragglers Chippa United at Harry Gwala Stadium on September 27.

Despite their heavy transfer activity, Maritzburg are sitting third from bottom in the standings with just two points from four assignments to date.

In the clash with Leopards two Wednesdays ago, a penalty miss by bulky striker Judas Moseamedi did not help matters and left coach Tinkler visibly frustrated afterwards.

However, there is improved hope that better results will come and lift the club in the standings, although nothing can be guaranteed against Sundowns. Said Kadodia yesterday: “The coach and players are working hard in training after our negative results of late and we hope to turn the corner soon.

“Getting the players to gel is really important. Brockie is also working on his fitness, having not played for a while at Sundowns. That’s another benefit of our team playing multiple friendlies during our break in fixtures.”

SUNDOWNS SIGN RANTIE

Up in Pretoria, Sundowns have finalised the signing of former Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie. According to Rantie’s representative, the 28-year-old free agent signed a three-year deal with Sundowns after impressing coach Pitso Mosimane during a lengthy training spell at Chloorkop. Rantie’s arrival at the Brazilians apparently made Brockie’s situation worse and hastened his move to Maritzburg.

FIRST CUP FOR SREDOJEVIC

The other interesting development saw ex-Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic celebrating his first Cup capture in Egypt two weeks into his new job, reports Sport24.

Egyptian side Zamalek were crowned Egypt Cup champions as Sredojevic guided his new side to an emphatic 3-0 win over Pyramids at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

The Serbian was thrilled and took to Twitter to thank the mighty club’s fans and his technical team, as well as gladly confirm it was his 16th major trophy capture in Africa since 2001.

• sport@witness.co.za

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