Maritzburg buoyed by Ndlovu recognition
Posted: 22 February 2018 Time: 08:40
Fortune Makaringe says teammate Siphesihle Ndlovu's Absa Premiership Player of the Month award has lifted the side and shows Maritzburg United are making strides this season.
Ndlovu, 21, became the first player in Maritzburg history to scoop the accolade for January earlier this week, beating off competition from Orlando Pirates winger Luvuyo Memela, Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso and Bidvest Wits skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo.
His side are also faring well, as a recent 2-0 win over KwaZulu-Natal rivals AmaZulu leaves them in fifth place on the Absa Premiership table with nine matches left, while they are through to the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup where they will meet NFD outfit Royal Eagles.
Makaringe says the Team of Choice feel honoured by fellow midfielder Ndlovu's recognition.
“He’s made us really happy, seeing a player like Ndlovu who is really doing well,” he told the club's website.
“It also shows that we are doing great as a team. For us it’s a big honour. Congratulations to Siphesihle Ndlovu, he really deserves it.”
Makaringe says he is unsurprised by United's performance this campaign under coach Fadlu Davids.
“Judging from how we have been playing I’m actually not surprised the team has been doing well. From the technical team to the players, we always prepare ourselves properly and when we get on the field of play we apply what we have been working on in the week. It’s not something we can be complacent about, we must keep doing what has been working for us.
“When I reflect on our goals before the season, we actually aimed for a top-eight spot, or a bit better than last season, like sixth. To be in the top six, top five, is a good improvement for us and will be a good achievement for us. But we still need to grind out the results, so I don’t want to put too much pressure on us. But yes, as players we have goals and want to achieve something big.”
United next host bottom-placed Platinum Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.
Makaringe is well aware Dikwena are fighting for their lives and hasn't forgotten Roger de Sa's side knocked them out of the Telkom Knockout in October.
“We are working as hard as we can to get a good result on Friday,” Makaringe said.
“It won’t be easy. We were in that position two seasons ago. When you’re bottom of the log, every game is like a cup final. So they are going to be coming fired up, they need results desperately.
“They upset us recently in the Telkom Knockout recently, we know the calibre of team they are. We have to approach the game like our others – go out there and fight for the result,” he added.