The Team of Choice are third on the standings after last Friday night’s 2-1 win over Polokwane City at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
On 38-points with six matches to play, Maritzburg are five behind Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who have played one game less.
Behind United though is a chasing pack of four teams within four points, and at the crunch end of the campaign there will be no room for complacency, with points will be harder than ever to come by.
“This league is harsh, you can go the rest of the season without a win. Every team in the league can have four, five games without a win. We can’t relax, we have to get to that 40 point mark (as quickly as possible),” said coach Fadlu.
The Team of Choice tactician would have been pleased with the three points claimed against Rise and Shine, courtesy of goals from Pogiso Sanoka and Siphesihle Ndlovu, but had mixed feelings about the overall performance of his side.
“Fantastic start to the game, getting the early goal. But we were not able to keep our thinking, this front foot thinking, the dominance that we had in the first phase of the game. And the game swung, so we definitely have to improve.
“You can make mistakes in a brave build-up – [the opposition] are pressing, we want to play out (from the back), and you can make a mistake.
“Because that happened, then we had the mentality of sitting back. But, you must give credit to the players for really putting their bodies on the line. There were two or three players not quite in it, but we carried them with our spirit and we carried them with our fight, that was what it was about,” coach Fadlu added.
Maritzburg’s next league match is away to Bidvest Wits, but before that, they take on Bloemfontein Celtic in a Nedbank Cup quarter-final clash at the Harry Gwala Stadium on the weekend of the 31 March/ 1 April.
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