Mandla vs Steve in MTN8 showdown
27 July 2015
Marketing and Communications Manager Brian Zuma shares his insight into a showdown the whole country is talking about as Maritzburg prepare to take on Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8.
The match will see Team of Choice head coach Mandla Ncikazi squaring up to Steve Komphela, the man who guided United to a top eight finish last season before departing for Kaizer Chiefs.
“I don’t think both Mandla Ncikazi and Steve Komphela would have wished to meet this early in a war,” said Zuma ahead of the match next week.
“As fate would have it, that’s the way it is. I’m sure if the first encounter was a league battle, there would be less tension. Worse still Chiefs are the defending Champions of the MTN8. On the 5th of August Maritzburg United takes on Amakhosi at FNB stadium in the knockout competition in which the Team of Choice are the “Makotis” (Zulu slang for newcomers).
“The interest is not so much on the teams per se, but how the former colleagues will fair against each other. I know it’s still fresh in everyone’s memory that “Bra Steve” crossed the floor from the Capital City of KZN where he was Head Coach assisted by Ncikazi, to Naturena. It is an open secret that the two were very close and that they worked very well together.
“On the 5th of August it will be a different ball game altogether, where “ friends become foes” so to speak, albeit for 90 minutes. I’m sure punters will put their money on Steve for a number of reasons, but I have decided to make it my duty to warn people not to underestimate what MUFC has to offer.
“The pressure will be on Chiefs a defending champions which means we have very little to lose if anything. Mandla is a smart coach and obviously understands Steve’s approach and philosophy. Brace yourselves for a ferocious team of Choice on the day.”
Manager: Marketing and Communications