Maritzburg's fate in their own hands


Maritzburg United's 3-1 victory against SuperSport United has changed everything, according to coach Eric Tinkler.

A relieved Tinkler was proud of his players at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday for their bravery and positive spirit throughout the game, especially Fortune Makaringe, Siphesihle Ndlovu and Yannick Zakri, whom he believes played a huge part in their important victory.

"It was a very good match. We were wasteful in the first half but the boys managed to bounce back. Zakri had many chances to score but couldn't, the positive is he recovered and did the job. Makaringe for me was top of his game today, he proved himself again," Tinkler said.

"All the players responded very well, it was the same energy I saw against AmaZulu and Bloemfontein Celtic. I'm very happy for the club, the boys and the community of Maritzburg."

Tinkler was asked about the results of other teams around them and insisted they are not relying on other teams anymore, and said their focus is to get maximum points to save themselves from automatic relegation.

"Since I've been here, it's been like that. We win, they win too, if they lose we lose as well. Like I said before, any team is beatable. If you look at Kaizer Chiefs they've been poor in their last five games. I expected them to drop points against Free State Stars, in fact to lose not to draw, so we can't really rely on anyone," he added.

The Team of Choice will now travel to Limpopo to face Baroka in their last match of the season on Saturday. A victory will see them avoid automatic relegation and if other results favour them, they will keep their status in the Absa Premiership.