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Maritzburg United captain Kurt Lentjies: Difficult to prepare for back-to-back derbies

Posted: 10 March 2017 Time: 14:12

Maritzburg United captain Kurt Lentjies admits playing the same opponent in just over a week can present a psychological barrier, even more so when it’s the KwaZulu-Natal derby.

The Team of Choice will lock horns with bitter rivals Golden Arrows in the Nedbank Cup last-32 at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday, just eight days after the sides clashed in the Absa Premiership.

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And, with Maritzburg having gone down 1-0 to their KZN neighbours in that encounter, the team may be suffering somewhat of a mental hangover, although Lentjies believes it works both ways.

"As difficult as it is for us, it’s going to be for them as well," said Lentjies.

"We had to plan two weeks against them and they had to plan two weeks against us. But it’s going to be bit of a cagey battle, because they don't want to give anything away, whether it is the league or cup. So it is an exciting tie to look forward to."

With United no longer pegged down by a relegation battle, which hampered their aspirations last term, former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Lentjies says every competition the club plays in they have the intention of doing well.

He added: "When you play football, you play every game to win, isn't it? Yes, we do."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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