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  Published 15 December 2017
SHANDU WANTS TO END 2017 WITH DERBY GLORY
 
 
 


Maritzburg United midfielder Bandile Shandu is fired up to try and help his club to victory in Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated KZN derby against Golden Arrows.

   
 

The match takes place at the Princess Magogo Stadium with kick off set for 15H30 and is the Team of Choice’s final outing for the year.

 

“It’s one of our highlights of the season, playing the KZN derby, it’s always going to be exciting,” Shandu told the official club website.

 

“The team that puts in 100 percent is always the team that wins. So it’s not going to be easy but we need to fight and put in the kind of performance we have been showcasing the last three games. If we do, then we’ll be on the right track and get the result, if everyone needs to give their all.

 

“It’s been a hectic few months and it will be a reliever if we end the year on a high with three points. It’s been a rollercoaster, mentally, emotionally, and physically,” he added.

 

The Pietermaritzburg-born midfield maestro is however expecting a stern challenge from Clinton Larsen’s Abafana bes’Thende side.

 

“They play with a lot of speed, they attack in numbers, and they fight for every ball, but as long as we all bring our A game, we’ll make it tough for them. They are a good team, yes they have gone down to 10th place on the standings, but we won’t be paying attention to that, they are a very good team.”

 

Maritzburg go into the game on the back of a 0-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns, but beat both Baroka FC and Cape Town City before that and remain in a confident mood.

 

“Even the Sundowns coach praised us, but at the end of the day we didn’t win the game. So now we need to look forward to the next game and getting three points. It’s a very crucial game for us, it would be a nice way to close off the year,” Shandu said.

 

“The coach [Fadlu Davids] has been telling us, its not that we have not been playing well, its just that we weren’t scoring, the ball just wasn’t going into the back of the net.

 

“It wasn’t that there was a problem in the performance. He said there would be a game where we would score four, and that’s what happened against Cape Town City. It really kicked us off and that’s what we needed, it was a huge confidence boost, we needed to win those two games (including the 3-0 victory over Baroka).”

 

Maritzburg and Arrows are both on 17 points, although the Durban team have played a game more.

 

United lost the corresponding match in Durban 0-1 last season, with the return league game in PMB ending 2-2. Arrows also beat the Team of Choice 3-1 in the 2016 Nedbank Cup.

 

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