The Absa Premiership match at the Dr Molemela Stadium kicks off at 3pm and sees the Team of Choice up against an on-form Phunye Sele Sele side who have been amongst the top two clubs on the table throughout the season so far.
United head into the game on the back of two consecutive 0-0 draws against two of the league’s top sides, Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits, and coach Fadlu Davids is optimistic that they could go one better this weekend.
“If the team shows that fighting spirit, and togetherness, that never-say-die attitude, that is definitely the recipe for success,” he said.
“We are on the right track, you can see that with the two clean sheets we’ve kept and how we fought against Kaizer Chiefs (also a 0-0 draw), and against Wits.”
The Team of Choice mentor knows however that his men will need to bring their A games against a Celtic side firing on all cylinders under former Maritzburg and Kaizer Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela.
“Steve has the magic touch over there, after a broken-up pre-season, what he’s done over there is unbelievable. Hats off to him, he has been under a lot of pressure over the last few years. He deserves the plaudits now.
“Let’s hear from the media to talk about how well he’s doing. We should support our local coaches. Steve Komphela has done a magnificent job.”
Meanwhile, Maritzburg’s Kenyan defender Brian Onyango is pleased to have been back in the side after a lengthy injury absence and is determined to help the Team of Choice to victory on Sunday.
“I’m fit and feeling strong because the technical staff have been working with me each day, they have managed me well and I’m very thankful to them that I’m playing again.
“We play different combinations at training, so I was used to playing with Rushine [central defender, De Reuck] and coming back into the team has not been difficult. The coach is a top coach and so he’s always prepared for everything.
“Going into our next fixture, the 0-0 draw last week with Bidvest Wits was a good confidence booster because in previous games, Wits have always managed to score against us. So the clean sheet is a positive for us. We need to stick together, nothing is lost yet, if we stay together, the win will come soon.
“Celtic are doing well so we know this is going to be a very tough match. We have to go to Bloemfontein and be ready to give our all and leave the result to God.”
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