Maritzburg United's Lebohang Maboe doubts SuperSport United will play fancy football
Posted: 2 March 2018 Time: 17:30
Maritzburg United midfielder Lebohang Maboe doubts a struggling SuperSport United will "play fancy football" when the teams collide at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.
While Maritzburg have won three games in a row in all competitions and are surprisingly in the league title conversation with eight matches left, SuperSport are contrastingly only three points above the drop zone with seven games remaining for Eric Tinkler's side.
Matsatsantsa, who lifted the MTN8 Cup in October, have gone into free fall since their CAF Confederation Cup final loss last year, having only won three of 19 matches since their defeat to TP Mazembe.
Maboe, however, expects a battle against Tinkler's wounded charges, who won the reverse tie 1-0 and their MTN8 match-up 3-1 across two legs.
"SuperSport beat us here at home when we played them in the first round of the league, plus they beat us in the MTN8," Maboe told his club's website.
"We’ve really got to work even harder now playing at their home ground. All of us know what a game we are in for on Saturday and we are ready to work hard.
"We’re not expecting them to come out trying to play fancy football – they’re at a position when anything will do for them to get a result."
Maboe, though, acknowledges the Team of Choice are buzzing under coach Fadlu Davids.
“Being 1-0 down against Platinum Stars last weekend and coming back like that to win 2-1, it shows the hard work we’re putting in during every session and the belief we have. So that gives us confidence, but it’s important we also remain humble,” he said.
“It’s not about individuals, but us as a team, all pulling in the same direction, and that is what helps us win games. We’re like family, we all motivate one another, help one another.
“At training the energy is electrifying, we train the way play, we play the way we train. Everyone wants to work hard because everyone wants to make the squad, to earn his jersey.
“The coach always tells us to keep our feet on the ground and take things game by game. We don’t worry about the match that we’re going to play the week after next, we are just worried about the one in front of us,” Maboe concluded.