Superb Salie underlines potential in Tuks win
12 November 2015
Maritzburg United goalkeeper Tawfeeq Salie preferred to give credit to his team-mates for the 1-0 win over AmaTuks on Sunday, but there can be no denying the huge part played by the young goalie.
Maritzburg scored in the 12 th minute through Evans Rusike, the only goal of the game, but found themselves under a sustained period of pressure in the second half as AmaTuks tried to hit back for a draw.
But some gritty defending all-round, together with some fine saves by Salie, saw United through to their first league win of the season.
Salie made some sensational reflex stops, showing bravery on the aerial balls, and also had to fight off cramp late on in the game as the Tshwane side set up camp outside the team of Choice box.
The Cape Town born 24-year-old came through with flying colours, but was humble in his assessment of his own contribution.
“Thanks to the man above. It was a tough game, a really tough game. We really needed to win this game because we had been on a bad run. Thank god we got the win, like you said its getting the monkey off our backs. Credit to the boys. We fought hard until the end.
“For me it was a confidence booster. But it goes to the team, it’s a team effort, I can’t give myself praise without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. This win was for the team,” said Salie.
Maritzburg coach Clive Barker was full of praise for the shot stopper:
“No doubt about it, he made some magnificent saves, deserves to be player of the match. Its hard to say that you won the game and had the goal keeper Man-of-the-Match, but he was all action, fantastic saves to the right to the left, he really deserves it. He’s a great young kid to work with and he’s getting better and better,” said Barker.