There is of course is also the Nedbank Cup final against Free State Stars on May 19 in Cape Town to look forward to.
But coach Fadlu says it’s crucial that the Team of Choice players keep their minds on the immediate task at hand – a KZN derby against Golden Arrows at the Harry Gwala Stadium on May 12. Win that, and Maritzburg could end the season in third place, provided
Kaizer Chiefs do not beat Ajax Cape Town in their final game of the season.
“It’s important now to focus on the league, because we have one game left, and not to ‘be in Cape Town’ (mentally),” said Maritzburg’s mentor. “To be on the pitch at Harry Gwala against Golden Arrows, to put up a performance against them.
“Of course it is an historic season for us, really proud of the players, having achieved a minimum fifth position. It’s not in our hands now, it’s in Kaizer Chiefs hands, we will try to win the last game against Arrows, that’s for sure. If Chiefs win they qualify in third for the Confederation Cup.”
After such a fine season, in which everyone played their part, there have been several players who have really grabbed the headlines this season and will naturally attract interest from other clubs in the PSL.
But coach Fadlu is hopeful that all of United’s leading players will stay on for next season, while he says a few reinforcements may also be drafted in to beef up the squad.
“We’ll do our planning for next season in the next few weeks. I think the main thing for us will be to keep all our players. After our initial meetings with the chairman, that will happen, unless European clubs come knocking, you don’t want to then stand in the players’ way.
“But none of them will be leaving to the big three; I think that’s the main focus, to keep our players together.
“There are some players who have left who have not yet been replaced, so definitely we will be in the market to strengthen, there’s no pressure yet for next season, we still have to complete this season.
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