Komphela – Derby like a Cup Final!
8 May 2015
Maritzburg United coach Steve Komphela is preparing his team for the most crucial battle of their 2014/ 2015 campaign.
United take on AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, looking for a result that will keep them above Free State Stars and in the top eight bracket. Stars, equal on 37 points with Maritzburg, host Black Aces at Goble Park.
Komphela is wary of the threat of his former club Stars, and also acknowledges how vital the KZN derby is to AmaZulu as well, making for a winner takes all scenario.
“It’s amazing, they are on a hell of a run,” Komphela was quoted as saying on the SuperSport website.
“It’s now five [victories] in a row; unbelievable. Nobody saw this coming and good for them.
“That puts the pressure on us because we are now tied on points. The only things in our favour is the goal difference (Maritzburg are on +4, Stars -5). Now unfortunately we are in a situation where we have to get a result at AmaZulu.
“It’s a cup final because for us we have to hit at the top eight and for them they have to survive relegation.”
As Komphela points out, it’s been a highly competitive Absa Premiership season throughout.
“Everyone in the PSL has a lot to play for on this last day, except Kaizer Chiefs. Everybody. People have been really fighting - SuperSport, Free State Stars underneath us on the log. I was also worried about Polokwane City at one point. It’s taken 30 matches to calculate who’s who in the PSL.”