In what was our first home match of 2017/18, Evans Rusike delivered a brace that set us on our way to a 2-0 victory.
But it was the performance of the youngsters that really stood out. Bandile Shandu’s outstanding cross to set up the opener was a brilliant piece of skill, while the likes of Lebohang Maboe and Siphesihle Ndlovu were also outstanding.
It paved the way for a third win in three matches this term – two in the Absa Premiership and the famous MTN8 triumph over Mamelodi Sundowns that set the wheel in motion.
Although it is early days, Maritzburg United are now top of the table, ahead of the biggest clubs in South Africa.
“It’s only two games and it’s very important to remember that,” a modest coach Fadlu said after the game. “It was a very well-structured performance from the players, they followed the plan almost perfectly. We played with the intensity I asked for, particularly in the first half, and then in the second half we had a more pragmatic approach.”
The coach admitted that there was also still plenty of room for improvement. “There were some moments when we were slightly careless,” coach Fadlu added. “But that’s normal with younger players, they get a little bit carried away and excited. They will learn and I have no doubt improve and mature with time.”
Our next assignment is against SuperSport United in the first leg of the MTN8 semi-finals on Saturday. “I think we need to keep our feet on the ground and now fully focus on that game,” the coach added.
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