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Maritzburg United defender Denis Weidlich targets top-eight finish

Posted: 17 April 2017 Time: 18:55

Maritzburg United defender Denis Weidlich says the players are not putting themselves under undue pressure as they look to finish the Absa Premiership season in the top eight.

Such has been the change of fortunes for the Team of Choice that they have gone from relegation near misses last term to seventh-placed occupants on the table with six league matches to play this season following the 2-1 win over strugglers Baroka FC on Friday.

However, it has been far from plain sailing for United this term, with two coaches having resigned from the helm, although interim coach Fadlu Davids has managed to steady the ship and return confidence to those in the stands.

Weidlich, meanwhile, was brought to South Africa by former coach Ernst Middendorp during the off-season and has put in some colossal performances in defence for the club, having also taken up the captain’s armband when regular skipper Kurt Lentjies has been unavailable.

With each point gained at this time of the season proving vital, Weidlich, who is of Ghanaian descent, says the primary objective of the team is to approach it game by game and try not to look too far into the future.

"We are looking at it game by game and at the end of the season, if we are in the top eight, we'll be happy," Weidlich tells KickOff.com.

"We just set our goals by taking it game by game so we can keep the pressure down. I think we deserve this [to be in the top eight] big time because we are fighting so hard as a team.

"Against Baroka FC, we were expecting a tough game and you could see [the players struggled with the high temperatures] but we kept it cool after losing previously against Orlando Pirates. We still have belief in our abilities and I think that is major factor within us and that is what we did.

"But for us it is to keep getting points and getting points and we’re trying to keep it easy and don't pressure ourselves so much because at the end of the day, we play one game at a time."

The 30-year-old, who has played 23 out of 24 league matches this season for the club in his debut campaign, is realising his importance in the team as he can play play all positions in the back four.

Weidlich says he has no preference about where he plays, as long as he can continue helping the team achieve positive results.

"I don't have any favourable position but for me the most important thing is to play," he adds.

"No matter where I play I just want to give my best and help the team and that is that."

The Team of Choice, who are not playing this coming weekend as they are out of the Nedbank Cup, will next see action in the league, away against Chippa United on Tuesday next week at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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