Must-win clash for Davids
Team of Choice coach under pressure to deliver in a tie that could decide his future with club
TODAY’S Absa Premiership clash between Maritzburg United and Baroka FC is likely to play a huge role in deciding the future of coach Fadlu Davids with the Team of Choice.
The relegation-threatened United host the equally struggling Baroka at Harry Gwala Stadium at 8.15 pm in Pietermaritzburg.
After leading United to a very successful campaign last season, taking them to the Nedbank Cup final and a top-four finish in the Premiership, Davids has found the going tough this season.
In the 13 matches they have played so far, the Team of Choice find themselves in the unenviable second spot from the bottom of the table with just one win to their name.
That undesirable run has brought much uncertainty over Davids’ future as the coach of the club and rumour has it that the owners are likely to show him the door should he fail to win today.
Heading to the clash, both sides are at 11 points apiece with the Telkom Knockout champions Baroka at the foot of the table while the local team are just above them, based on a superior goal difference.
Also, the Limpopo outfit have played one more game compared to the men from the KZN capital. A defeat to the local team would mean they would end the year at the foot of the table.
However, Davids is confident that his troops will fight today to break their eight-match winless streak. Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids needs three points against Baroka FC today to avoid the possibility of being axed by the Team of Choice. PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES
“Preparation has gone well. The players are really determined, you could see that in their eyes. The whole country is on holiday, but our players are on work mode. We are preparing for it like a cup final,” said Davids.
“Yes, a win will move us into safety. To end the year with a win in our final game of the year will be great for the players ...”
Should United win today, it will be their first home victory in the league this season. To help Davids and his men, team management have offered a free entrance for fans to the stadium. However, supporters need to wear the Maritzburg replica jersey or the blue supporters’ T-shirt, which will be on sale at the stadium today at a cost of R50 each, to waive the cost of a match ticket.
“The whole country is on holiday, but our players are on work mode.”
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