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Published 19 November 2019

PLAY WITHOUT FEAR, SAYS THE SKIPPER
     
   
 

Maritzburg United captain Nazeer Allie has advised his team-mates to enjoy Sunday’s Telkom Knockout (TKO) semi-final against Kaizer Chiefs and not to let the occasion overawe them.

     
 

 

The game takes place at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday afternoon, 3pm kick off.


Amakhosi have been in scintillating form this season under former Team of Choice head coach Ernst Middendorp and are leading the log standings by an impressive 10 points, having lost just one game in 13 league and cup outings this term.


While Maritzburg will be without the suspended Kwanda Mngonyama, Chiefs have three men – Erick Mathoho, Willard Katsande and Daniel Akpeyi suspended, as well as a couple of injury concerns.

But Allie has cautioned that no matter which XI takes the park for the Soweto giants, they will be a formidable opponent.


“We know it’s going to be tough, Chiefs are on a very good run of form. But we’ll go there with a positive mindset, it can go either way in a cup semi-final,” the defender said.


“We’ll just prepare well as we do for every game and take that into Sunday’s match. Chiefs are a big squad, they have quality players who can come in and fill the positions. All of them have quality, so we’ll prepare ourselves very well for them.”


Veteran campaigner Allie has previously won the MTN8, the Telkom Knockout as well as a league title during his time at Bidvest Wits.

The Team of Choice meanwhile are looking to reach what would be a second cup final in two years, having made it to the 2018 Nedbank Cup final.


But while the Maritzburg contingent – players, management and supporters, would love to see the club win it’s first PSL silverware, Allie says it’s important to try and remain cool and composed and not to let the occasion become overwhelming.



“You need to go out there and enjoy it,” he explained. “Because if you don’t enjoy it you’ll be playing under stress. You’ve got to take the pressure off, go out there and play without fear, enjoy the game and know it can go either way.”

In terms of potential match-winners for United, Allie says that it’s not only the forwards who should be relied on in this regard.

“The whole squad should take the responsibility of scoring goals,” he said. “We can’t just look up front, because the guys up front are also assisting, putting other guys in a position to score, so we all have to take responsibility to score goals, it’s the whole team.”



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