They will head into the match against Amakhosi at the FNB Stadium (3pm) on the back of two encounters inside four days against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Harry Gwala Stadium; a 3-1 Nedbank Cup semi-final win, and a 2-2 Absa Premiership draw.
Reflecting back on Wednesday’s league encounter, coach Fadlu was very pleased with the character reserves his men displayed as they recovered from conceding in the sixth minute to level the game before half time through Andrea Fileccia and then again bounced back with a superb 87th minute goal from Lebohang Maboe, after the Brazilians had taken a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes to play.
“Sundowns are the best side in league with the best coach in the league. We are only happy that we are able to compete, able to test ourselves against the best. The players gave, unconsciously, more than they usually do. It’s not a conscious thing - they don't do it on purpose. But it’s just normal that you want to go and compete against [Sundowns].
“To have a start like that (going 1-0 down early on), but then to bounce back, not to get rattled and to really come back with a display like that was absolutely phenomenal, it takes the players to be able to control their thinking, to be brave,” coach Fadlu continued.
“….the players didn’t drop their heads. It is normal to start blaming each other and say ‘we switched off for that moment’ (for Tebogo Langerman's goal). But to come back - it was absolutely fantastic from the players for not giving up and showing mature thinking.”
Now it’s off to Johannesburg to face a Chiefs side who have lost in their last two matches, against Free State Stars and Golden Arrows, while their coach Steve Komphela stepped down from his position last weekend.
Coach Fadlu however is expecting the Glamour Boys to come out fired up on their home turf in Soweto.
“You saw when they went down to 10 men and came back with a goal (in the 1-3 loss to Golden Arrows), that is a glimpse of the qualities they have,” he explained.
“It’s going to be a fight, we are playing away from home, let’s not forget it’s a daunting task to go to the FNB Stadium, they are still Kaizer Chiefs, they still have quality players in each position, so we’re gearing for a very tough game. Chiefs are going to come out 100% guns blazing to try and turn things around.”
Maritzburg will be without the suspended trio of Mxolisi Kunene, Siphesihle Ndlovu and Richard Ofori for Saturday’s match, while Leonardo Castro is suspended for Chiefs.
* Don't forget to also follow updates from our club through our social media platforms, please click on links below:
MAKARINGE: TEAM GREATER THAN THE INDIVIDUAL
MARITZBURG MAKE HISTORY AS CUP FINAL BECKONS!
'WE'LL TAKE TO THE FIELD WITH OUR CHESTS OUT'
XULU: NO SECRET WE WANT TO MAKE THE FINAL
COACH MAHIER: THE PLAYERS HAVE DONE IT
FADLU: SUNDOWNS WILL PUNISH MISTAKES
CHAIRMAN: NDLOVU AN INSPIRATION TO THE REGION