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Published: 22 February 2019

MARITZBURG READY TO BATTLE THE CITIZENS
     
   
 

With 10 matches left to play this season there will be no place for the faint-hearted as Maritzburg United take on Cape Town City in the Mother City on Saturday.
     
 

 

The Absa Premiership encounter is set for a 3.30pm kick off at the Athlone Stadium and sees United looking to build on their win against Polokwane City in Pietermaritzburg in their most recent match.

 

The Citizens meanwhile lost 0-1 to AmaZulu in their last league game, but bounced back with a 3-0 win over Highlands Park in the Nedbank Cup.

 

And although the Team of Choice arguably put up their best performance of the season against Rise and Shine, they’ll be mindful of a City side containing the likes of Kermit Erasmus, Teko Modise and Bradley Ralani, to name just a few.

 

Of course for Maritzburg coach Eric Tinkler it will be a return to the club he guided to Telkom Knockout glory in 2016, although for the former Bafana Bafana midfielder, there will be no time for sentiment.

 

“I have good memories from my time at Cape Town City, but my focus now is on getting Maritzburg out of the position we find ourselves in,” Tinkler said.

 

“That means going to get a result against Cape Town City, and that will be extremely tough. But one thing which has been proven in this league time and time again is that on a good day, anybody is beatable.

 

“I believe we can get a result against them, but character must be revealed, positive character, and we have got to put in the same work ethic we put in against Polokwane City if we want to get anything.

 

“I think they have done a good job with Benni McCarthy this season – top five, won the MTN8, still in the Nedbank Cup, so we have got to make sure we remain focussed and go there and achieve our objective,” he added.

 

The last three games between the two teams (league and cup) have resulted in two draws and a win for City. Overall the sides have played each other six times, with Maritzburg winning twice, Cape Town City twice, and two draws.

Neither side has any suspensions. Maritzburg have a clean bill of health while City have midfielders Thabo Nodada and Roland Putsche out injured.

 

 

     
   

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