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Maritzburg United need boost against Free State Stars

Posted: 22 September 2015 Time: 13:00

Bottom side Maritzburg United go into their crunch Absa Premiership clash with Free State Stars tonight hoping to improve on a dismal record against Ea Lla Koto.

United, who last week axed rookie coach Mandla Ncikazi just four games into his tenure, are hoping to move off the bottom of the table with a win at the Harry Gwala Stadium. 

But they will be going against history if there are to do so under caretaker boss Fadlu Davids, having managed just a single success in their 14 previous meetings with Stars.

That came 18 months ago when a brace from Rheece Evans and further goal from Bongi Jayiya handed them a 3-2 success.

But for the rest it has largely been a tale of woe, a point acknowledged by defender David Booysen, who says the team has been “down” since the departure of Ncikazi.

He adds that victory would go a long way to lifting the mood of the players, who he says must take responsibility for their performances.

“As players you have to move on, it’s up to the players to step up,” Booysen tells KickOff.com. “We have played well, but the results have not gone our way. It is still early days and we just have to look to the future.

“As players we were a bit down [after Ncikazi was sacked], but you have to carry on. We can’t dwell on it too much because we need the points and Stars is a very important game for us.

“We have to give our best no matter who the coach is and I think everybody is ready to do that. We need to work for each other and the club and make the supporters happy again.”

Maritzburg ended eighth in the Absa Premiership last season under coach Steve Komphela, their highest ever league finish, but that is now a distant memory following their poor start to the new campaign.

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