United return from the brief mid-season break when they square up to the Urban Warriors at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night (5 January, 8pm kick off).
The Cape Town-born Fransman says it was good to have a bit of time to recharge the batteries, but was also aware of the importance of quickly getting back into the rhythm of regular training.
"The break was quite short, just a few days before Christmas, and Boxing Day really, and then we were back on the 27th, so it didn't really feel like we had been away!
"But we are professional football players, this is our job, our career. We at least had a few days to get away from football and clear our minds, but after that it was back to business.
"Our main focus (on returning to training) has been playing with good shape, timing of movement, and such things. It’s mainly been getting back into the swing of things, making sure the guys are focussed and that everyone is ready for the fifth."
Ajax are second from bottom on the table and have had a tough season so far. Maritzburg have also beaten the Urban Warriors in their last four matches. But Fransman believes it will be a different group of Ajax players who show up on Friday night, compared to the team United beat 2-0 at the Harry Gwala Stadium in the opening round of the season.
"It's going to be a difficult game," he said. "When new coaches (Muhsin Ertugral re-joined the club for a fourth time) come in, there is often a turn-around, players looking to cement places, putting that little bit extra into their game to secure their place in the line-up.
"I see they have some new players, including Tendai Ndoro, so you can see they are looking to bolster their squad a bit and we can definitely expect a tough game. Muhsin Ertugral is a good tactician as well, it certainly won’t be easy."
That said, the Team of Choice skipper has underlined the importance of taking all three points home to Pietermaritzburg:
"It would be nice to have 21 points after half the season. The second round can be a lot tighter, harder to grab points, teams are much more organised. So we have to make sure we finish our 15th game (against Ajax, Maritzburg must still play SuperSport in a postponed first round encounter) with three points, and take it from there."
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