Fileccia: No favours for Wits, Downs
Posted: 3 May 2017 Time: 11:00
Maritzburg United striker Andrea Fileccia is confident of securing a top-eight finish and has fired warnings to league title contenders Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Maritzburg have boosted their hopes of finishing in the top half of the table after three consecutive wins against Baroka, Chippa United and recently title underdogs Cape Town City, as they sit in seventh place with 35 points from 26 games.
Fileccia has praised the mentality in the camp following their surprise victory over the Citizens on Monday, while reserving special applause for interim coach Fadlu Davids and his technical team.
“The mentality has improved a great deal. All the players work together and believe that we can achieve our target of finishing the season in the top eight," Fileccia told his club's site.
"Also, Coach Fadlu works very hard to keep the team compact on and off the field. There is also a lot of preparation that takes place before every game. The Technical Team really pushes us to achieve and we go into every game with a proper game-plan.”
The Belgium frontman has bagged a couple of goals since his return from a lengthy lay-off in mid-March, and hopes to continue on from where he left off against Chippa United last month.
“I was so happy to score [again]. It has been a difficult year for me being on the sidelines because of injury," he added.
"I had to stay mentally strong and continue to work hard to be available for selection. I want to help the team to achieve the target. My duty is to score goals and to assist teammates to score goals.”
The Team of Choice could play a key role in deciding where the Absa Premiership title will go this season, with fixtures against log leaders Bivdest Wits and reigning champiions Mamelodi Sundowns coming up in the next two weeks.
However, Fileccia says they will remain focussed on achieving their own targets while demanding respect from their higher-ranked counterparts.
“We respect all teams in the league, but it’s important that we believe in our own abilities. They [Wits and Sundowns] probably don’t know how good we are but we showed it against Cape Town City, maybe now they are aware.
"What is important, though, is for us not to put pressure on ourselves and play according to instructions,” he concluded.