STAYING TRUE TO THE CAUSE
14 April 2015
As the season enters its final stretch, Marketing and Communications manager Brian Zuma reflects back on Maritzburg’s efforts this term.
The PSL soccer season has reached a very interesting stage where there is a lot of hustling and bustling at every level of the log.
Though Kaizer Chiefs look like the runaway winners of the league this season (deservedly so), the battle for the second to fifth position is really hotting up, and so is the top eight battle and even more interestingly so, the relegation battle.
Amazulu have had a good come back run for safety so far, we can only wish them every inch of luck until the end of the season.
Maritzburg United has played a beautiful brand of football since the beginning of the season, actually taking off from an emphatic finish in the previous season.
Under Head Coach Steve Komphela, the Team of Choice started the season very strongly drawing Sundows, beating Pirates and Supersport United, all away. The target of finishing in the top eight immediately looked realistic and the hopes of the United die hards were raised to maximum levels.
Then came a slump that every one in the Maritzburg United camp, including the players and management, cannot understand how it happened. About nine games without victory, and yet the performance in the park by the boys could not be faltered, save for the missed chances that were created and never converted.
Mother luck had deserted the boys in blue. We all took solace in the fact that we were doing everything right, except to put the ball at the back of the net. I was even wondering if there wasn’t a tokoloshe that was keeping the ball away out of the net.
Steve and his technical team kept working hard, especially to keep the boys focused and to soldier on. Mental strength was critical. As Steve would say to the boys, “Let’s stay true to the cause”. And that cause is finishing the season in the top eight.
We needed to turn the corner and to continue searching for our historic first top eight finish. What a sweet way indeed to turn the corner against the best team in the Country, Amakhosi. Khumbulani Banda will never forget his first touch header from the bench, from a Kurt Leintjies corner, that beat Itumeleng Khune hands down, and won us the match. This they did in the presence of the Premier, the MEC for Sport and Recreation, the Msunduzi Mayor, and the ANC Regional leadership.
We are now on the final stretch, with two more games to play at home against Ajax Cape Town on the 28th of April, and the big one against Orlando Pirates on the 06th of May 2015. “Your Team needs YOU”. For these last two games at home, let us fill the stadium to capacity, and propel the boys to the very first top eight finish in the history of the club.
Manager: Marketing and Communications.