A boost for Team of Choice
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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.