Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids reveals points target for home stretch
Posted: 23 February 2018 Time: 16:30
Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids believes his club can secure a top-eight finish this season with 11 points from their remaining nine games.
Maritzburg are fifth on the table with 31 points from 21 games heading into tonight's clash with Roger de Sa's bottom-placed Platinum Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium (20h00).
Baroka currently occupy the final qualifying berth for next season's MTN8 Cup with 27 points.
“We need nine points in the remaining games to get to the 40-point mark,” said Davids, who steered United to sixth spot last term with 38 points as a caretaker coach. He took over the reins first from Ernst Middendorp and then De Sa in 2016/17.
“Hopefully 40 points is enough for this season, but as it is you may need 43 to secure the top-eight position.
“But I think we’re on track so far with nine games. Nine points or maybe 11 points will be enough.”
Davids pointed out the Team of Choice could have been further ahead were it not for their eight-game scoreless run earlier in the season. They ended the drought in style with a 4-2 defeat of Cape Town City at Princess Magogo Stadium in December.
“If you go to our targets, we are still a couple of points behind. We had those eight league games without a win, which put us back to a certain degree,” he said.
“Since our win against Cape Town City, we clicked. We kept to our style, we kept to our structure and we grounded out results. At the end of day, it has been absolutely top performances.”
United will be without midfielder Lebohang Maboe through suspension this evening.