Fadlu cites SuperSport's experience
Posted: 11 September 2017 Time: 11:47
Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids feels the occasion got to his side in their 2-0 loss to SuperSport United in the MTN8 semi-finals on Saturday.
Maritzburg were undone by Jeremy Brockie's brace at Harry Gwala Stadium, having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Tshwane a fortnight ago when the New Zealand striker was dropped by Matsatsantsa after handing in a transfer request.
The Team of Choice also had debutant Yazid Atouba sent off in the 78th minute for simulation and the Cameroonian will now miss the club's next two games through suspension. Team doctor Burger van der Merwe was likewise ordered to the dugout by referee Victor Hlungwane after having words with the fourth official.
Davids believes SuperSport's experience showed this weekend as his club missed out on reaching a first ever major cup final.
"That's what it's about, it's an occasion, it's an experience. SuperSport has an average age of, I don't know, above 28 perhaps," said Davids of the Nedbank Cup champions.
"They've been in such a situation, they know how to handle it. They know what is expected in certain situations and it's only a learning curve for them [his players].
"The experience will help them, the experience will teach them to be able to handle it in a much more professional and better way."
The Premiership leaders next face KwaZulu-Natal neighbours AmaZulu at Umlazi's King Zwelithini Stadium in the league on Tuesday (19h30). Davids will again be without Kenyan defender Brian Onyango due to a hamstring strain.