On track to achieve a highest ever league finish, the Team of Choice reached a first ever cup final after beating Tshwane giants Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 in a pulsating Nedbank Cup semi-final at a packed Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday.
It was a very proud moment for the chairman, who has put in so much over the years, as he celebrated with the team after the final whistle in the KZN capital on Sunday.
“It’s been a long journey for the club, 15 years in the NSL, and this is an historic moment in the club, no doubt about it,” said Kadodia. “I would like to thank the technical team for their astute planning. The players for the playing the game according to the plan. This is a game that will go down in the club archives.”
Kadodia reserved special praise for coach Fadlu, who had already written his name into the club’s history books as a striker of note, long before taking over as head coach.
“Fadlu has been a loyal servant of the club,” he said. “As a player, he helped the club get promotion against FC AK at the Harry Gwala Stadium, his two goals meant a lot to us. And after we gave him the opportunity to work with Ernst Middendorp as assistant coach, he took it with both hands.
“His commitment to learn was first class. He did his UEFA coaching courses. He is very passionate about what he does. I worked closely with him the last two years and I think he has done an excellent job.
“Fadlu’s tactical planning for our matches has been key to unearthing the talent we have. These young boys may not have been coming up into the PSL in the way they have if it were not for Fadlu’s tactical awareness. People don’t see the work that goes on behind the scenes developing the players.
“We went through that bad patch in the first round of the league. But when people asked me if I’m happy, I said ‘yes, I support the coach’. I could see the work he was doing. And then the turning point came when we beat Cape Town City in KwaMashu, since then we have not looked back.”
Next up for Maritzburg is a league clash – against Sundowns at the Harry Gwala Stadium this Wednesday.
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