United des­per­ate for points

Be­lea­guered Team of Choice visit chil­dren’s home ahead of cru­cial tie against Mat­sat­santsa

Weekend Witness - - Sport - SITHEMBISO DINDI

MAR­ITZBURG United will be out to try and change the dire sit­u­a­tion they find them­selves in in the Absa Premier­ship when they face Su­perS­port United at Mbombela Sta­dium in Nel­spruit to­day at 6 pm.

At the mo­ment, the Team of Choice are deep in the rel­e­ga­tion mix fol­low­ing their un­wanted record of seven matches with­out a vic­tory in the league.

Mar­itzburg have played 12 matches in the Premier­ship this sea­son and their only vic­tory in the cam­paign dates back to Sep­tem­ber 23 against Bloemfontein Celtic.

This sur­pris­ing sit­u­a­tion for a team that fin­ished in the top four last year has left them at a dan­ger­ous num­ber 13 po­si­tion on the log ta­ble, with just 11 points.

Only one point sep­a­rates them with bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Black Leop­ards, which put more pres­sure on the lo­cal side to fight for full points to­day.

A win will not only get them out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone, but will also do their coach, Fadlu Davids, a huge favour as the sit­u­a­tion threat­ens the safety of his po­si­tion. Su­perS­port also head to the match in low spir­its after los­ing 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in Mbombela on Wed­nes­day.

Mean­while, to boost their mood, on Thurs­day Mar­itzburg play­ers and coach­ing staff vis­ited to the SOS Chil­dren’s home in the city and were left hum­bled and in awe.

The full com­ple­ment of the squad and tech­ni­cal team were present to hand out food ham­pers and con­duct mo­ti­va­tional talks to the 100 kids of the or­phan­age who were in at­ten­dance.

Cap­tain Siyanda Xulu and new re­cruit Kea­gan Buchanan both shared some words of wis­dom with the chil­dren.

De­fender Bokang Tl­hone said: “As an in­di­vid­ual, I felt very touched be­cause it was my first time hav­ing such an ex­pe­ri­ence and see­ing the kids happy that we are here.

“It also lifts us as a team and you know some of us are par­ents, so it is re­ally spe­cial to spend time with them and have this Christ­mas party for them.” — Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by WWR. • [email protected]­ness.co.za

PHOTO: MAR­ITZBURG UNITED

Mar­itzburg United play­ers and coach­ing staff vis­ited to the SOS Chil­dren’s home in the city to boost their spirit.

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