History brings hope for Maritzburg United
14 January 2016
Orlando Pirates may want to temper expectations when they arrive at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday evening.
Maritzburg have come up trumps in recent Premier Soccer League clashes with the Buccaneers, most notably taking four points from the four-time league winners last season alone.
Fans revelled in the goalscoring prowess of Ghanaian striker Mohammed Anas as he scored both goals in a thrilling encounter at the FNB Stadium to claim maximum points in 2014/2015.
And there has been no shortage of all-action affairs between these two sides, as demonstrated in the nail-biting 3-2 Maritzburg victory, this time at Orlando Stadium in May of the 2012/13 campaign, where Heinrich Isaacks, Terrence Mandaza and Cuthbert Malajila expertly cancelled out goals from Tlou Segolela and Khethowakhe Masuku.
And who could forget the 2-1 win over Pirates in the 2011/12 PSL season where the Ghost celebrated their fourth league crown. Benni McCarthy had opened the scoring that day but was to be overshadowed by Diyo Sibisi and Mame Diouf, before seeing red, as the Team of Choice completed a well-deserved come-back.
Ernst Middendorp was the man in charge in 2010 when current Assistant Coach Fadlu Davids and Mario Booysen were the goalscorers in a 2-1 win over Ruud Krol’s Bucs and the returning coach will be no-doubt eyeing his first three points this weekend, since he started a third spell at the club.
Middendorp kicked off his latest term in charge of the club with a solid 2-2 draw with SuperSport United, while Pirates, who have been struggling for goals this season, come into this clash on the back of a hard-fought 2-0 win over University of Pretoria.
Saturday’s game kicks off at the Harry Gwala Stadium at 20:15.