Kadodia hails 'greatest escape'


United showed character to net three late goals in a come-from-behind win over Jomo Cosmos on the final day of the season on Saturday.

The result ensured the Team of Choice's top-flight status while condemning Cosmos to an immediate return to the National First Division.

"I’m humbled with the manner in which we came out of it from relegation… this is the greatest escape of all time," says Kadodia, who will reward the players a R1.5-million bonus for defying the drop zone.

"From September until 10 days ago we were sat 16th on the log. We beat Ajax Cape Town and we move to position 15 and when it matters most in the last 15 minutes we got the three best goals in the season that took us out of this position.

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“We really would like to thank the stakeholders. Firstly the people of KZN for giving us the support via emails, via texts, the moral support and more especially the fans of Pietermaritzburg who came when we were losing games. They came in numbers, 8000 people at Harry Gwala Stadium when the team was losing. I think the stepping stone was the victory was against Ajax when the fans they really appreciated that win."

Kadodia, who cried tears of joy at the final whistle at Olen Park, feels it was crucial Pietermaritzburg continues to be represented in the topflight.

"The reality is football has its own challenges and its own dynamics on the field and off the field.

"I think football has a lot than can be dictated off the field. I think what is more important is with all the pressures that we had from challenges, from stakeholders and from whoever it was, we came out of it well.

“In football there are challenges but nobody wants to be relegated and when the issue of relegation comes around everyone is protecting their asset. This is one asset I couldn’t allow to just sink here and it was important that this province (KwaZulu-Natal) and the city is well represented."