for subscribers

Heat on Utd players

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Troubled Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp, whose team return to important league matters this week. PHOTO: gallo
Troubled Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp, whose team return to important league matters this week. PHOTO: gallo

UNEASY Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp has begun preparing for the resumption of crucial league business this week with a new defender on the way in, but also with a massive hope that his players will follow instructions better and use their “football brains” more.

That’s because he felt they were “cr*p” from a tactical perspective in their 2-1 victory over lower-division Sekhukhune United in the Nedbank Cup’s round of 32 at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday, especially in the goalless first half.

The German coach, who has scouted Serbian defender Dusan Stevic, says there are things his players need to figure out for themselves during matches, starting with the “six-pointer” against fellow stragglers Tshakhukhuma at the same venue this coming Friday, if they are to move away from the bottom end of the DStv Premiership standings sooner rather than later.

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
38% - 4134 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
26% - 2803 votes
No, I don't think they need it
36% - 3968 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.37
(-0.44)
ZAR/GBP
21.23
(-0.16)
ZAR/EUR
18.30
(-0.25)
ZAR/AUD
11.82
(-0.22)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(-0.46)
Gold
1706.16
(-0.05)
Silver
25.58
(+0.70)
Platinum
1136.76
(-0.01)
Brent Crude
70.01
(0.00)
Palladium
2343.01
(+0.64)
All Share
68271.19
(+0.78)
Top 40
62788.64
(+0.87)
Financial 15
12759.80
(+0.67)
Industrial 25
87613.31
(-0.32)
Resource 10
70801.78
(+2.36)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo