Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids expecting tough clash from a confident Polokwane City side
Posted: 16 March 2018 Time: 17:30
Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids feels Polokwane City will have their tails up after their 2-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic last week.
The Team of Choice will host Rise and Shine tonight in the Absa Premiership at Harry Gwala Stadium this evening (20h00 kick-off), also brimming with confidence after progressing to the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup, where they will face Bloemfontein Celtic.
Maritzburg’s victory over Royal Eagles at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday in the cup was their fourth win in the last five matches and a victory tonight would enhance their chances of finishing in the top eight.
City, who finished one place above Maritzburg United last season, are in 11th place on the standings but know that they cannot afford to lose because they are just three points ahead of Ajax Cape Town, who occupy the play-off position.
It will be difficult for City to get a victory against a Maritzburg side that has not lost at home in January.
“They are definitely on the up now after they got that 2-0 win against Celtic, so it’s going to be a tough game,” said Davids, who will be without suspended captain Bevan Fransman.
“Sadly [Bevan] Fransman is out now out with the red card [against Eagles] and you know we have to reshuffle. We probably have to freshen things up. But we have to face the game like any match to be able to get the points.”
When Davids was appointed head coach by Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia at the beginning of the season, part of the mandate was to reach a knockout competition semi-final and to finish in the top four in the league.
They reached the MTN8 semis and are currently fourth on the standings. They are still involved in the Nedbank Cup and anything could still happen.
“Our ambition, you heard at the beginning of the season from the chairman, was to reach one semi final, which we have done,” he said.
“But this is for the players. They really deserve something out of this for all their hard work. We are not thinking about the [Nedbank Cup] final. We are only thinking about the next round and the next game today is Polokwane City.”