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Coach Fadlu David's charges take on PSL and African giants Mamelodi Sundowns at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday afternoon (3pm), planning to make it a memorable day for the home fans who are expected to pack out the venue.
This will be only a second appearance for Maritzburg in a Nedbank Cup semi-final, and although under no illusion about the size of the task that awaits his side, Ndlovu had an air of calm assurance about him when speaking to the media this week.
“We’re looking forward to the game and we know it won’t be easy,” said the Team of Choice development product.
“I’m sure Sundowns are also thinking like we’re thinking – to go the final in order to make history. We are going to fight until the last whistle, we know we are only potentially 90 minutes away from the final. So we will go out there with our chests out, with the confidence high.”
Even though there have been a many stand-out performers in coach Fadlu's team this season, it’s Ndlovu who has perhaps stood out the most after what has been a sensational goal and assist-filled campaign for him.
That means though that he’s become a marked man, a factor his coach also recently brought up.
“I’m worried that he gets kicked in every game, really brutal. I really hope the referees can protect him. There’s a target on in, they want to stop him, and they do this by kicking him. So he has to be alert, on his toes, and not get injured in this crucial time,” said the Team of Choice mentor.
The 21-year-old Ndlovu seems however to be taking it all in his stride.
“As an individual, I’m grateful and honoured for what I have achieved this season,” he said. “Those things (call up to the Bafana side, January’s Absa Premiership Player of the Month award, and a succession of Man of the Match awards), are motivation for me to keep going and to keep working for the team.
“Yes I have been targeted. But it’s all about working hard, I need to keep grinding and to keep my thinking calm. Because when I get kicked it’s easy to get frustrated, but I have to keep calm and focused, and think about what we want to do as a team and what I want to achieve as an individual.”
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