Lentjies brushes off boo-boys
Posted: 1 March 2017 Time: 14:42
Maritzburg United playmaker Kurt Lentjies has brushed off getting booed in the club's first win under new coach Roger de Sa against Free State Stars.
Lentjies, the club's top scorer this term with four goals and a key performer in recent seasons, was substituted in the 77th minute of the 2-1 victory at Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday.
The ex-Mamelodi Sundowns man says he expected to come off as he regains fitness following his return from a two-game suspension in the previous match.
"No, it's not a problem [getting booed by fans]," said Lentjies. "I fully understand why. I haven't played in two games and I'm not fully fit, so the coach was giving me a run to get full fitness again.
"I think the red card was a bit of a setback as I was out for two games. I knew that I wasn't going to play the full 90 minutes so it was planned, and there's nothing personal. I'll just take this to the next game."
Lentjies conceded the team were under pressure after drawing 1-1 with Polokwane City and losing 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs and 4-1 to SuperSport United in De Sa's previous games in charge.
De Sa took over the reins from interim coach Fadlu Davids in January, officially succeeding Ernst Middendorp, who resigned in November last year.
"We needed to win that game. There was pressure on us and we managed to grind out the victory. It doesn't matter if we played well or badly, the result is all that matters," said Lentjies.
"It was also the first win for the coach and we won't look back now. From here we are just looking forward to our next game on Saturday."
The Team of Choice will visit KwaZulu-Natal rivals Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday (18h00 kick-off).
Maritzburg, with 23 points from 19 games, are a point behind seventh-placed Arrows on the table.