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Fadlu Davids glosses over Maritzburg United mandate ahead of MTN8 semi-final clash with SuperSport

Posted: 9 September 2017 Time: 16:00

Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids has downplayed his progress towards achieving an ambitious mandate set by club chairman Farook Kadodia.

Kadodia has tasked Davids, who was handed a two-year deal in the off-season, with reaching a cup final and securing a top-five finish in the league this season. 

Maritzburg currently top the Premiership standings with six points from two matches and will battle SuperSport United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night for a spot in the MTN8 final.

"I don't think it is about me, it is about the players. At the beginning of the season when we were in our camp at Potschefstroom we set out target for the season," said Davids.

"You know the players told me that that they want to reach the cup final and how 'easy' it is to win two games and it puts you in the cup final - and that is what we are faced with.

"Completing this, it'll be a huge achievement for the club, it'll be a huge achievement for the players and of course that is only the first step. You want to get to the cup final but of course once you are there you want to win it."

The Team of Choice drew the first leg 1-1 with SuperSport, with Davids mindful of Matsatsantsa's strength on the counter after Thuso Phala capitalised on a mistake from Siyanda Xulu to blast home the opening goal in Tshwane a fortnight ago.

"We've got to be cautious and we know, yes, we've got an advantage but we know a SuperSport goal will really put us on the back foot," said Davids, who won the Telkom Knockout as a player with Platinum Stars in 2006.

"We know we can draw 0-0 and other than that we have to win. Of course 1-1 will take us to extra-time, so if it's not 0-0 we definitely have to go out there and win the game. But of course SuperSport's quality has to be respected.

"We know they're an extremely dangerous team. While you are on the attack they can quickly and immediately score a goal, exactly like they did in the first leg.

"So we've got to be cautious and we've got to be aware of these strengths and approach the game in a very pragmatic way."

In team news, Cameroonian midfielder Yazid Atouba is available but fellow recruit Liam Youlley is out with an injury. Kenyan defender Brian Onyango, who is still awaiting his permanent residence papers, is also sidelined with a knock picked up on international duty.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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