The Team of Choice must not lose hope, says Er­tu­gral

Pretoria News - - SPORTS - MI­NENHLE MKHIZE mi­[email protected]

MAR­ITZBURG UNITED are look­ing to do what no other PSL team has been able to do this sea­son, and that is to beat Mamelodi Sun­downs at Lof­tus on Wed­nes­day.

The Team of Choice are in dis­ar­ray at the mo­ment. They are bot­tom of the league stand­ings with 11 points after 16 games. Mar­itzburg have only man­aged to regis­ter one vic­tory this sea­son and was against Bloem­fontein Celtic back in Septem­ber un­der the lead­er­ship of Fadlu Davids.

Davids has since been sacked, with Muhsin Er­tu­gral tak­ing up the hot seat. But Er­tu­gral has en­dured a tor­rid time in his first two games in charge. Mar­itzburg lost to Golden Ar­rows in Er­tu­gral’s first game. That de­feat was fol­lowed by an­other loss on Wed­nes­day against Free State Stars.

The Team of Choice are now fac­ing an up­hill bat­tle of be­com­ing the first team to beat Sun­downs in the league this sea­son. Er­tu­gral knows his team have their back against the wall against Sun­downs.

“Sun­downs is al­ways tough. I know Sun­downs very well. We need to see what kind of ap­proach we will ap­ply when we face them. We need to de­cide on whether we will be more of­fen­sive or de­fen­sive or on a counter at­tack. Those are (the) types of the de­ci­sions we need to take,” Er­tu­gral said.

The Brazil­ians are fourth on the log with 25 points after 13 games. They have won six games and drawn seven.

“All in all when you look at the game that we played against Golden Ar­rows, we played back­ward and to­day (on Wed­nes­day against Stars), I thought it was good, dis­ci­plined and or­gan­ised. We had a chance of scor­ing the sec­ond and the third in my opin­ion. If we scored the sec­ond, it would have been a dif­fer­ent story. In our sit­u­a­tion at the mo­ment it doesn’t fall for us, but it falls for the op­po­nents. There’s still a lot of hope. We mustn’t lose hope. We need to start win­ning games,” Er­tu­gral said.

Mar­itzburg have re­ally en­dured a bar­ren run in front of goal this sea­son. They have only net­ted six goals in 16 league matches. Mar­itzburg have ac­quired the ser­vices of Ju­das Moseamedi on loan from Cape Town City. They will be hop­ing that he will make a dif­fer­ence in the goalscor­ing depart­ment.

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