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Published: 27 August 2019

UNITED TARGET HOME WIN OVER LIDODA DUVHA
     
   
 

Maritzburg United are determined to use their home ground advantage to the maximum when they host Black Leopards in an Absa Premiership match on Wednesday evening.

     
 

 

The game at the Harry Gwala Stadium is set for a 7-30pm kick off.

 

Both teams are yet to win this season, with Leopards having claimed one point from their three matches so far, while the Team of Choice have two points, following draws with Highlands Park and Stellenbosch FC in their last two outings.

 

In both games – against Highlands Park at the Harry Gwala Stadium – where the visitors grabbed a last minute equaliser, and away at Athlone last Sunday against Stellenbosch – when Maritzburg had the better goal-scoring chances and hit the woodwork - there was a feeling that the Team of Choice should have claimed all three points rather than just one.

 

Team of Choice midfielder Miguel Timm believes however that the team is gelling well and is optimistic that their first victory of the new season is imminent.

 

“Everyone understands their individual roles and the collective tasks,” he said.

 

“I think we’ve being doing well in each game that we’ve played, the way we have prepared differently for each game - we’ve executed it properly, we’re just short of the goals and a bit of luck.

 

“The positive thing is we’ve been creating the chances in the past two games. We need to continue doing the right things.”

 

Last time Maritzburg met Leopards, it was a crucial match right at the end of the 2018/19 season, with the KZN claiming a 2-1 victory in Thohoyandou.

 

But as Timm mentions, the Limpopo side have boosted their squad since then with some experienced campaigners, such as Thabo Matlaba, Mogakolodi Ngele, Thuso Phala and Cuthbert Malajila – a former Maritzburg striker.

 

“They’ve made a lot of signings, good signings, experienced players,” Timm said. “It’s not going to be easy, but we’re going into this game with confidence knowing that we’re playing at home.”

 

Since joining the Team of Choice midway through last season, Timm has impressed with his work-rate, tenacity and reading of the game from a deep lying central midfield position.

 

“I’m always looking to grow, do better individually,” said the 27-year-old.

 

“My main aim is to help the team and help the attackers have more freedom in going forward, knowing that I’m behind them to organise. Give them the freedom so that they can express themselves going forward. I’m happy to see them doing that and I’m happy to defend for them.”

 

In the head-to-head stats, Maritzburg have won three of their nine encounters against Lidoda Duvha, with two defeats and four draws.


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