MARITZBURG READY TO GIVE THEIR ALL AGAINST SUNDOWNS

20 August 2020

"It doesn't matter who we play, we have to go there and compete and make sure we win the game," says assistant coach Vincent Kobola ahead of Friday's clash with Mamelodi Sundowns.


The Absa Premiership encounter takes place at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville and kick off is at 6pm.


United faced a baptism of fire last week in their return to action after a five-month hiatus as they went down 3-2 to Black Leopards.


Fighting for their lives, Leopards showed what can be achieved with the necessary intensity.


Now it will be up to the Team of Choice to take that a similar approach into the match against Sundowns.


"It was a tough defeat against Black Leopards, we really let ourselves down and should have done better," coach Vincent admitted. "I also think that Leopards wanted it more than us, they fought for 90 minutes and came out with purpose.


"So we need to improve on that in our next game against Sundowns."


Maritzburg will, however, also be mindful of the fact that the Brazilians will also be looking to make amends after a recent setback.


"It's going to be tough, after their defeat against Cape Town City," coach Vincent pointed out, "I think Sundowns will want to win against us to close the gap on the top. But we also want to win because we have also come from a defeat."


In terms of preparations, there is one fitness concern going into the game on Friday, but otherwise its all systems go.



"The boys have been looking good," coach Vincent enthused. "We're waiting to hear the result of Mxolosi Kunene's scan after he twisted his knee. The other guys are all injury free, looking good and ready for this game on Friday.


"We want to go there and win because we have set ourselves a target of top five. It doesn't matter who we play, we have to go there and compete and make sure we win the game."


United are currently sixth on the table with 39 points from 25 games. In second spot, Sundowns have played one match less and have 46 points - six points behind pacesetters Kaizer Chiefs.


Maritzburg's last three matches against Sundowns all ended in 2-1 defeats. The last time they beat Masandawana was in a Nedbank Cup fixture in April 2018.


One has to go back all the way to September 2012 for the previous occasion when United beat Sundowns in the league - thanks to a Delron Buckley brace in a 2-1 victory. That should certainly give Maritzburg extra motivation to end Sundowns' league dominance over them.

 




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