Bucs, Mar­itzburg look to be top dog of PSL

Both have shown early league form, win­ning two and draw­ing one with­out con­ced­ing any de­feat

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Sport - NEVILLE KHOZA nevillek@the­newage.co.za

THERE is a clear mo­ti­va­tion for both Or­lando Pi­rates and Mar­itzburg United that who­ever wins tonight will en­joy rul­ing at the sum­mit of the PSL log this week­end.

The Team of Choice host the Buc­ca­neers Harry Gwala Sta­dium tonight on joint log stand­ings with seven points early in the sea­son.

Who­ever comes out top will end the week­end at the sum­mit at the log, no mat­ter what hap­pens in other matches.

Both teams have shown early form hav­ing won two and draw­ing one in their open­ing matches of the new sea­son.

Pi­rates come into this match on the back of a 1-0 vic­tory over Ajax Cape Town on Tues­day, while Mar­itzburg had to set­tle for a draw against AmaZulu.

Mar­itzburg coach Fadlu Davids said he plans to make “some ad­just­ments” ahead of the Pi­rates game to re­fresh the side.

“We’ve had three games in six days be­fore the Fifa break, now we have three games in six days again,” Davids said.

“We can’t play with the same team every week, we have to make changes and we have to freshen up and go with the new set.

“We’ve got fan­tas­tic boys from the Diski team and a few of them will be play­ing against Pi­rates.”

With both teams yet to taste de­feat this sea­son in the league, Davids is ex­pect­ing an end-to-end en­counter as both sides will look to main­tain their mo­men­tum.

“Bucs don’t sit back and de­fend, we also don’t do that and I ex­pect a high-in­ten­sity game. We have to an­a­lyse them and see what plan we come with.”

The Buc­ca­neers how­ever, are not yet an oiled ma­chine – de­spite win­ning two of their three matches. But they have shown glimpses of im­prove­ment un­der new coach Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vic.

There is no doubt that this match against Mar­itzburg will be by far their big­gest test for Sre­do­je­vic.

“There is no bet­ter way of gain­ing con­fi­dence and lift­ing the qual­ity of per­for­mance of foot­ball and also re­sults than when win­ning be­comes a habit. Once you achieve that, things will go the way you want,” Sre­do­je­vic said.

“The play­ers re­ally want to turn the cor­ner. They work hard and want to prove a point that they are not by ac­ci­dent at the club.

“This is my per­sonal eval­u­a­tion that I have seen and I feel hon­oured and priv­i­leged be­ing their coach be­cause when you see some­one show­ing the signs of re­ally want­ing to work, it’s pleas­ing.”

Wayne Sandi­lands has been the dif­fer­ence be­tween the poles for the Buc­ca­neers – com­pared to last sea­son’s goal­keep­ing department. » » » » » De­cem­ber 2016: Mar­itzburg United won 2-1 Jan­uary 2016: Draw: 3- all May 2015: Draw: 1- all May 2014: Or­lando Pi­rates won 2-1 Novem­ber 2013: Or­lando Pi­rates won 1-0


HANDS ON: Or­lando Pi­rates goal­keeper Wayne Sandi­lands.

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