United’s latest move

2019-02-14 12:09
Maritzburg United players.

Maritzburg United players. (Gallo images)

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Maritzburg United’s desperate management have introduced higher bonuses for their players for each match as a means to avoid a costly relegation from the Absa Premiership.

The “Team of Choice” are facing the prospect of falling into the low-income National First Division next season as they remain rooted to the bottom of the Premiership standings.

However, the clouds hanging over the Eric Tinkler-coached club finally started to lift a bit after last week’s commanding 3-1 victory over Polokwane City at home.

It was only their second win of the campaign and first at Harry Gwala Stadium this season.

According to a source close to the local club, the players who featured in that spirited performance last Friday will each pocket a R10000 win bonus, and the same will happen for every win that comes from their 10 remaining matches in the league.

“Yes, there’s R10000 to be pocketed by players for every win. Everyone is aware of that and obviously everyone that was part of the team that won against Polokwane City is guaranteed that,” said the source.

Another source, who also asked not to be named, said that the bonuses had been introduced in an attempt to motivate the players during this difficult period. He said this had been decided on prior to their last game and that the team had become inspired, wanting to win all their remaining games.

“Yes, there have been bonuses set for the players and they have not lost hope. We’re motivated and are confident that we will survive the chop,” he said.

“It’s been a tough season for everyone and the recent performances, if you have been watching, have shown a team that wants to get out of the danger zone as soon as possible.

“It’s unfortunate that we could not get the desired result against Wits [before the Polokwane match], but we did show our intentions and, with these financial incentives put in place, everyone is going to be vying for that extra cash.

“They are putting in the effort in training and making sure they make the matchday squad and get time to play.”

The new bonuses were bound to improve competition for places in the team, which could subsequently bring more good results, he added.

The Midlands outfit are officially in recess and will be back in action in a fortnight when they travel to the Mother City to tackle Cape Town City, who on Friday will be aiming for a spot in the last eight of the Nedbank Cup when they host Highlands Park.

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