Davids shies away from praise


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Davids is back in charge of The Team of Choice after Roger de Sa shocked many by recently resigning after less than three months in charge of the club following his appointment in January.

Andrea Fileccia scored his first goal in 15 months in the 39th minute and Brian Onyango added the second in the 65th whilst the Urban Warriors, who are now the only club without a win in 2017, pulled one back through Aubrey Funga in the 83rd minute but it was too late to stage a comeback.

Davids has been a safety belt for Maritzburg this season whenever the club chairman Farook Kadodia calls upon him and he is yet to lose in six matches now, with three wins and three draws - five of those matches coming before the appointment of De Sa.

The former club captain said the reason why things seem to be working well for him is that he's got backing from the staff and management, and credits De Sa for leaving a strong foundation although results were not forthcoming during his spell in charge.

"I'm not solo I'm with a good tactical team behind me and they're really helping me and the support staff," Davids told reporters after the game.

"We've got the management and the tactical team, we've got goalkeeper coach Arthur [Bartman] and assistant coach coach Mahier [Davids], fitness coach Gerhard van de Merwe, accompanying with kit manager [Zolile Luthuli]. You know the support is there so it's not about me but it's a fantastic team effort.

"We did well in the last games with De Sa in charge but we never got the result and huge compliments to Roger de Sa."

Davids once again ruled himself out of taking over on a full-time basis as he's maintaining his focus on getting his Uefa A license as he has the UEFA B license.

When it was suggested to him that the chairman may force him to take over the reins, Davids was coy in his response and said what was crucial was to get the win after the shocking resignation of De Sa.

"Today was about the result and it was about putting in a passionate performance and never-say-die attitude," added Davids.

"I'm a bit angry about the three minutes of madness where we conceded the goal that we shouldn't have conceded.

"These are things that we have to sort out in terms of being really concentrated for 90 minutes. Passion is one thing but really being concentrated for all the tactical plan is key.

"Of me being ready now to take over, I don't want to answer questions about being ready and stuff."

The win for The Team of Choice saw them jump into the top eight with 26 points from 22 matches with eight games left. They'll next face Orlando Pirates on April 11 at Orlando Stadium.