Er­tu­gral pins hope on Moseamedi

Mar­itzburg are bot­tom of the log

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Sihle Nde­bele

Mar­itzburg United coach Muhsin Er­tu­gral has pinned their hopes of sur­viv­ing rel­e­ga­tion on the sign­ing of striker Ju­das Moseamedi com­bined with a clean bill of health.

Moseamedi joins Mar­itzburg for the re­main­der of the cam­paign on loan from Cape Town City. He spent the first half of the sea­son at Free State Stars on the same ba­sis. The bulky striker worked with Er­tu­gral at the now de­funct Black Aces in 2015.

“We have only one striker [An­drea Filec­cia be­cause Mo­hau Mokate is in­jured] at the mo­ment, so ob­vi­ously him [Moseamedi] com­ing in we have at least more fire­power. So we can some­times play two strik­ers. Mo [Mokate] is also com­ing back in two weeks’ time that will give us three strik­ers,’’ said Er­tu­gral.

“I think at the mid­dle we have a chal­lenge. The chal­lenge is def­i­nitely go­ing to end be­cause [For­tune] Makaringe is back.’’

Er­tu­gral is still in search of his maiden Mar­itzburg vic­tory after los­ing the first two matches against Golden Ar­rows and Free State Stars. The Team of Choice are lan­guish­ing at the bot­tom of the ta­ble. They have so far ac­cu­mu­lated a mere 11 points from 17 games.

“There are enough games to win. You win two games in a row; you are out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone. There’s a lot of hope still… we must not lose our own hope that’s the most im­por­tant thing,’’ noted an op­ti­mistic Er­tu­gral.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. But I think from next week we will have a full squad, get­ting back to­gether and that should change ev­ery­thing for us. We just have to mo­ti­vate the boys and tell them to keep their heads up.’’

Mar­itzburg will face Mamelodi Sun­downs on Wed­nes­day.

/ GALLO IM­AGES / ANESH DEBIKY

Mar­itzburg United coach op­ti­mistic that his team will sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion.

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