With two games left in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, Golden Arrows lead the way with 29 points, followed by Bloemfontein Celtic with 25 points, while Ajax Cape Town and Maritzburg both have 24 points.
It would take some doing for the Team of Choice to claim the title and Arrows would have to lose their last two matches (they have a far superior goal difference), but even if United don’t snatch top spot, a top three finish would be a fantastic achievement.
First up in their quest is a KZN derby encounter against the AmaZulu MDC side, scheduled for the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa for Saturday morning, 10am.
Usuthu are down in 13th spot, but cannot be taken lightly, says MDC head coach Siya Mdluli.
“I don’t want to put pressure on the players or myself (in terms of the title race). We’ll focus on the AmaZulu game, try get the three points, and take it from there. I’m not eyeing anything past the AmaZulu match for now,” he pointed out.
“Derbies always have special treatment, even in the Reserve League. We cannot fool ourselves by thinking AmaZulu have not had a good season – in their last few games they have been doing well, they beat Bloemfontein Celtic who were second on the table, so I’m expecting tough match on the weekend.”
Looking back on last weekend, when with a number suspensions to his side, Maritzburg head coach Fadlu Davids was able to call upon several Reserve Team players for the Nedbank Cup match against Swallows FC on Saturday, with the Team of Choice grinding out a 3-1 extra time win.
Coach Siya is pleased to see the work the work he and his fellow coaches are doing in the reserve ranks is paying off.
“It says a lot, not to me alone, but to all the coaches that are participating in our development structures. Credit must go to them, they are working very hard to get these young boys in shape,” he said of those players who have made the step up to the first team.
“And also the players themselves, for raising up their hands and working hard, taking some positive steps forward. So yes as a coach its always great to see the players developing well and going up to the first team.
“So far the effort in each and every game we have played, the players have given their best,” coach Siya continued. “Yes they are still young and will make mistakes, and we do understand as coaches that its part of their learning. But overall I am very happy with the contribution and attitude the youngsters are giving us.”
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