The Absa Premiership encounter is set for a 20H15 kick off, with FREE ENTRY (click here for details) into the stadium, for those fans donning official Maritzburg replica gear, or the MUFC blue supporters tee (which is also on sale at the gate for just R50).
It’s a been a difficult past couple of months for the Team of Choice, who too often have lacked the killer blow, and sometimes the little bit of luck needed, to turn draws into wins.
More than anything, the United players are determined to lay down a marker for the new year by going out with a bang in 2018.
“We are taking this game as a cup final, because we haven’t been doing well,” Maritzburg striker Mohau Mokate admitted.
“We have had too many draws, that’s been setting us back. It’s not that we are not playing well, we’re just not getting the results,” Mokate continued. “This game is very important to us, everyone is very committed and working hard and we are looking forward to getting a win.
“The coach is right, we need to be more aggressive in front of goal. I think sometimes we knock passes around a lot, but are not taking enough shots. Sometimes you have to take risks and just go for it. But we’ve been working very hard on it and I’m optimistic that this will change against Baroka.”
Key for United, is to maintain a positive mental approach, says Mokate.
“There’s been games when we have deserved more. Like the coach tells us, we must believe in ourselves and how good we are. Even though the results aren’t coming, the coach continues to motivate us and we remain together and united in the camp.
“When we beat Highlands Park in the TKO, we thought that would be the turning point. It wasn’t meant to be, so now this game against Baroka gives us the chance to rectify our mistakes and turn things around by winning this game.
“We know the fans are disappointed. So we want to dedicate this game to them, we hope they can come and support us, without them we are nothing.”
Head coach Fadlu Davids meanwhile says he’s pleased with the hunger and desire he’s seen from his men at training this week, in what is a crunch encounter against a Baroka side behind Maritzburg only on goal difference.
“Preparation has gone well,” the coach said. “The players are really determined, you can see it in their eyes. The whole country is on holiday but our players are in work mode. We are preparing for it like a cup final.
“A win will move us into safety. To end the year with a win in our final game in hand of the year will be great for the players.”