Mabaso: We want to win it for our fans
4 May 2015
Maritzburg United defender Nthuthuko Abel Mabaso says that the Team of Choice would like nothing better than to sign off their last game at the Harry Gwala Stadium this season with a win over Orlando Pirates.
United go into Wednesday evening’s encounter (19H30 kick off) with the Buccaneers in Pietermaritzburg in position eight on the table, looking to cement their place in the top eight while also trying to bounce back from Friday night’s 1-0 loss to Moroka Swallows.
“I think the result was a bit unfortunate,” said Mabaso of the defeat to the Birds, “because I think we played well enough to deserve a bit more from the game, but it just didn’t go our way in front of goal. I felt personally I could have put a few more balls into the box earlier, but now we have to move on from the loss and look to bounce back in our next game.”
The main area where the team needs to improve is in front of goal, says Mabaso, who emphaises the fact that it’s an all-round team responsibility:
“We have to find ways to get more goals, and I’m not talking only about our attacking players. The responsibility is on everyone to take the chances that come our way – that’s the only way, because goals are what win games – we have to get the ball into the back of the net,” he explained.
Orlando Pirates in town normally means a full house at the Harry Gwala Stadium. And while appreciative of the support the Team of Choice receives, Mabaso says he sees this match as any other game.
“Pirates are on a strong run – doing well domestically and on the continent. But for us, we have to focus on our job, on our game-plan and not to focus on them too much,” he said.
“For me personally, playing Pirates is the same as playing any other team in the league. We can expect there to be a large crowd on Wednesday, but having said that, our supporters have been great all season, coming in their numbers to all our games, and myself and the rest of the players are very grateful for that. So we hope that we can make them smile by taking all three points and thereby also keeping our top eight hopes alive.”