Gordon Igesund wants his Maritzburg united side to play exciting soccer.

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Posted: 6 October 2008 Time: 10:55

Maritzburg United coach Gordon Igesund has said he wants the team to play ‘edge-of-your-seats’ football, and that was the case in their 2-1 Absa Premiership win over AmaZulu in Hammarsdale on Saturday.

Despite wet conditions and a slippery Mpumalanga Stadium pitch, United produced another display of mobile, dynamic football against determined opponents to remain unbeaten in four matches, and in fourth place.

United’s goals came in a period midway through the second half when, following the introduction of dazzling left-wing Junior Khanye, the team were on fire.

The first goal had a touch of fortune to it. Usuthu goalkeeper Kalililo Kakonje came far out of his penalty box on the right and cleared poorly to Elias Ngwepe on the left line, who chipped in from more than 35 metres.

For the second, Fadlu Davids excellently curled his well-placed free-kick into the bottom right corner after Sipho Mngomezulu was fouled just outside the area.

“I’m very pleased, especially in the first 75 minutes, in which we kept possession, knocked the ball around and bombarded them with crosses from the left and right, just like we planned to,” Igesund said yesterday.

“I’m a bit unhappy with the last 15 minutes because I felt we should have kept possession like we had for the rest of the match, but that’s football.”

AmaZulu will feel they could have shared the spoils having missed some easy chances, and United had a few nervous moments at the back.

In the last 15 minutes man-of-the-match goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap produced two spectacular saves, and defender Pere Ariweriyai did pull a goal back when he headed in Bafo Biyela’s corner in the 80th minute.

“It was a typical derby game, and end-to-end stuff,” Igesund said. “You could say there was a bit of fortune in our first goal, but it was also a superbly-taken strike that took split-second thinking by Elias, and he still had to put the ball in off a difficult surface.

“Our second goal was very cleverly taken by Fadlu.”

On the performance of American goalkeeper Gilstrap, who has gone from strength to strength in his first three matches in the PSL, Igesund said: “He did very well although there were one or two moments where he looked a bit hesitant.

“He came to me after the game and said the AmaZulu goal was his fault. But he made some crucial saves that meant AmaZulu couldn’t get back into the match.”

Right-wing Mngomezulu and Khanye – coming on in the 56th minute after a scrappy start to the second half – at times ran AmaZulu ragged on the flanks.

“I left Junior out because I knew the conditions were right for him and he would be able to make an impact coming off the bench,” Igesund said.

Due to a Fifa international date and two weekends of Telkom Knockout fixtures, United’s next league match is against champions SuperSport United in Pretoria on October 29.

“I’d have preferred to have played next week again,” Igesund admitted.

“Previously when we had breaks it worked for us because we were playing catch-up, but now we’re on a high and starting to gel.

“I look at SuperSport and think we can do well against them. I think we can do well against any side.

“SuperSport are the champions and have to be respected, but right now I think we are looking forward to that kind of challenge. We’re unbeaten and want to remain that way, and it’s nice to have something to play for.”

Previous comments on this story...

Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 11:05 am
“Our second goal was very cleverly taken by Fadlu.”

*** the boy should patner with Parker. This gordon will beat many teams this season yoh!!!
posted: 11:08 am

he he he im back!!!!!

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1. Jacob Zuma will disappear
2. DJ Sbu will come out of the closet
3. Pirates will continue drawing more matches than they win 4. Chiefs will fire Muchini bcos of loosing the losing spree 5. Trevor Manuel will increase sin tax again 6. Another 2 pac Album will be Released 7. Kwaito will continue to die 8. Zola will finally take a bath 9. Thembi Seete will realize that she does not have talent and quit acting and singing 10. NBC will hire all its Learners 11. WAI students will still not show application 12. Daily sun will continue giving us garbage news 13. SABC
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Mahlangu will sober up!
16. Sundowns will go bankrupt after they fire Motsepe!
17. DJ Cleo will realize that he is no different from Arthur!
18. Buthelezi will cross the floor and join the DA!
19. King Moswati will die of AIDS!
20. 2pac returns (from the "dead")
21. Thebe and Trompies finally win awards.
22. Chuck Norris dies in a freak accident.
23. Shabir Shaik will be freed.
24. Condoms wont be produced any more.
25. AIDS will be cured by ZCC
26. Mangope will be back
27. Desmond Tutu will come out of the closet.
28. All churches will follow ZCC
29. Bush will become the president of Zimbabwe and Mugabe will come to South Africa. Ayeye, Mugabe for President.
30. All the Xhosa speaking people will be referred to as the Xhoi-Xhoi's.
31. SAB Miller will buy ABI Coca Cola
32. Happy Sindane will release a Kwaito Album 33. Zuma and Mbeki will release a movie .....(the saga continues) 34. SARS will merge with VW and we all going to drive POLO's (ayeye
35. No salary increase this year..........
36. Petrol will be R15 a liter
38. Manto will finally become a shebeen queen 39. Thabo Mbeki will finally get married to Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma 40. Shabir Shaik will become Minister of Finance 41. Eskom will start manufacturing candles......
42. Kgalema Motlanthe will become president of ANC and then of South Africa....
43. All the Nelson Mandela Streets will be changed to Jacob Zuma Street

44. Bafana Bafana will make it to the W.Cup Finals & ...........WIN!

45. Tito Mboweni will no longer be the Reserve Bank Governor.

46. Julius Malema will have a relationship with Grace Mugabe, Bob will catch them red- handed, kill them both and commit suicide.

47. Graca (Madiba's wife) will fall pregnant with Cyril Ramaphosa's baby....

48. SAFA will be run by the Chinese BEE

49. Khutsong, Carletonville will fall under KZN

50. Ananias Mathe will be Head of a new crime investigations unit.

51. Driving a car will be considered a luxury.....petrol price will be R30l

52.jomo sono will be bafana bafana couch for 2010.

53.Jacob Zuma will finally take over from King Goodwill Zwelithini because that's what he deserve, to be a king.

54. Bafana Bafana will not play the games, they will be watching just like us!

56. Sangomas will use technology style to throw the bones!

57.Presely Chweneagae will realize that Tsotsi was a once off and get a life

58.Government will introduce shift hours starting from 07h00-13h00, 13h00-19h00 and Night shift,because of traffic congestion people buy cars like peanuts and they don't want to join lift club.

59.Gautrain will be renamed Limpotrain and furry all Zimbabwean via Polokwane subway.

60.Zuma baby oil message will be included in our constituency .

61.Jacob Zuma will recall a rape that is not a crime but a president game "Vuma,vuma ".....just imagine.

61.Nkosi sikele will be converted to "Nkosi a o lethe omsiniwam", a national athem of JZ.

61.Sam Shiloa will rebuild "Gazankulu" and become the selve proclaimed paramount chief.

62.Orlando pirates will change their logo to "screw bithes" like the one you see at the back of the taxis, because "ba jewa too much".

63.All Zulu`s taxi drives will become chauffers for ambosadors bcause Jacob Zuma "JZ" will promote them!!!!! Ha! Ha! Ha!

64.Parliment will be named " Bulawayo" when Jacob Zuma become a president of RSA.

65.Bubble-gum music will be played at the grand opening of 2010 soccer world cup by Mercy Phakela,,,,"a ya tshisa a mateki".

66.Tsivenda will be used as an official language to open the 2010 world cup programes......"ledoda duvha"

67. It will take someone 30 minutes to drive just one kilometer.
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 11:09 am
Guys i was in Coca cola Park stadium rallying behind our boys(Pirates)on saturday. if Krol continue to with those stupid Subs, i will never ever attend Pirates match. Krol should be carefully about his substituions.

*** It is nice to attend Matches yoh!!,i even got a beautiful pirates chik.
posted: 11:10 am
With boyz lyk Mngomezulu, Bhengu, Nkambule 2 just mentione a few there is a hope 4 South African Foootball but we need rite people at the rite positionz not the like Mr Bean (Santana)

Oh, poor tivani you promise the chick to mentione ur whatever....here, nice baba!!!!!!!
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 11:10 am
size13 he he he!!!!
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 11:11 am
66.Tsivenda will be used as an official language to open the 2010 world cup programes......"ledoda duvha"

**************size13 he he !!!! is back. ha ha ha!!!
posted: 11:23 am
Hey size, come to your senses wena uyeke amaXhosa!
posted: 11:58 am
Gordon is trying to copy Papic attacking football
Kwakhal'anyonini Mabhakabhaka...
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 11:59 am
Which PSL club needs Hans Vonk most?

a,SuperSport United
b,Kaizer Chiefs
c,Bloemfontein Celtic
d,Ajax Cape Town
e,Orlando Pirates
f,None of the above

ha ha ha. kick off editors made my day. The answer is option.(b). the team really need Hans Vonk.
posted: 12:11 pm
Pretty cool today no arguments...hahaaaa...things should remain this way.
posted: 12:17 pm
Guys who's a better goalkiper:

Baloyi or Vonk?
Josephs or Khune
Marlin or Baron

posted: 12:24 pm
Soccer Critic ( Tivani ): 2008-10-06 11:09 [ Report ]

Guys i was in Coca cola Park stadium........ PARK STADIUM. mmmhhhhhh again.
posted: 12:27 pm
Soccer Critic ( Tivani ): 2008-10-06 11:09 [ Report ]
Guys i was in Coca cola Park stadium

Well let me help you. It's a Coca Cola Park. Just like Absa Park. Or is it a case of New South Africa entsha?
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 12:29 pm
Holy Ghost Fire, why r you always against me. I will prove you wrong man. ask Dikotsi,OBG, Hurbet etc.
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 12:30 pm
Holy Ghost Fire if you want to know me well. ask Proffesor, size13 and other crew.
posted: 12:57 pm
OMG I'm gonna be reported.
posted: 01:01 pm
maritsburg did the right thing by not retaining Palmer and all the other amateur players that why they are doing well...they could even upset the so called big guns and finish in the top 3...they have the Mourhino of SA football Igesund he is a very good manager we are in for a very big suprise this season...sundowns arent doing well chiefs are losing pirates cant register a win even at home..so what can stop team like maritsburg and ajax form winning the league the only big clubs serious about this league is ssu and swallows!
posted: 01:52 pm
Mdabuli: If you have noticed from the previous premierships the so called small teams always start on the high note but finish otherwise,,,remember a season when Pirates narrowly escape the relegation,,,,with something like 8 games left went from the rel. zone to the top eight (Motombo was a caretaker coach then),,,,so Wits, Maritzburg, Golden Arrows,,,come second round they will be feeling the heat.....similar to Chiefs pre-season performances,,,they just don't last if you don't have depth and experience.....
posted: 06:09 pm
Size 13, I think you think like a 13year old but I realised after reading your comment that there is no need to be cross with you coz you should not be allowed to comment here. You are just insulting and defaming other people like you are living in a state of nature. Please guys just thunk carefully about the things you say in the name of soccer, coz some are actually not soccer followers but soccer hooligans.

In my opinion, you are like some of the people you mentioned at your number 46.
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