A boost for Team of Choice

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LEG­END OF THE GAME: Cameroon’s Sa­muel Eto’o has been a star all around the world, set­ting the leagues of Europe alight with his pace, skill and eye for a goal. Now re­tired, the for­mer striker wants more African coaches to coach African coun­tries.

KAM­LESH GOSAI Dur­ban

AF­TER they kicked off the year with a win on the road, Mar­itzburg United are bol­stered by the re­turn of sev­eral play­ers to form and fit­ness ahead of tonight’s visit of Bloem­fontein Celtic.

A 2-1 come-from-be­hind tri­umph over Ajax Cape Town last week gave Mar­itzburg a league dou­ble over the Cape side. How­ever, it was af­ter their first round suc­cess over Ajax that the Mid­lands out­fit en­dured an 11-game win­less run in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Mar­itzburg coach Fadlu Davids warned his men not to read too much into the Ajax vic­tory.

“I don’t think Ajax had been dom­i­nated like that from start to fin­ish be­fore. We are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion, but we have to re­main fo­cused and calm, and not make the same mis­takes.”

He fur­ther re­minded his charges of their loss to Celtic dur­ing that bar­ren pe­riod in the first half of the cam­paign. “Celtic should have beaten us 6-0 in the last game, when we only lost 1-0. So it’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be tough. They are busy in the mar­ket, so it’s go­ing to be very tough.”

The vis­i­tors are sixth on the ta­ble, two points ahead of ninth-placed Team of Choice. They re­cently ac­quired at­tacker Menzi Masuku from Chippa United and de­fender Lorenzo Gordinho from Kaizer Chiefs.

De­spite limited trans­fer busi­ness so far, Davids is up­beat about the avail­abil­ity of Aus­tralian mid­fielder Liam Youl­ley and Bel­gian for­ward An­drea Filec­cia.

Mean­while, AmaZulu go into Sun­day’s match at Baroka FC look­ing to break a six-game win­less run while putting out fires over the fu­ture of vet­eran for­wards Mab­huti Khenyeza and Siyabonga Nomvethe.

A week af­ter shoot­ing down re­ports that Nomvethe had in­sti­gated sup­port­ers against coach Cavin John­son over his lack of game time, Usuthu re­but­ted an on­line story about Khenyeza hav­ing signed a pre­con­tract agree­ment to re­join for­mer club Golden Ar­rows.

“We have spo­ken to him. He con­firmed that he has not signed any pre-con­tract with any­one,” said AmaZulu team man­ager Qedi Dlamini.

The 35-year-old striker told the club’s web­site: “I am still con­tracted with the team. I will not deal with is­sues from be­hind, I’ll come straight and tell the team about my ca­reer.”

Ar­rows host Su­perS­port United on Sun­day.

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