The build-up to the game was affected by the untimely passing of up-and-coming Maritzburg midfielder Mlondi Dlamini, who died in a car crash on Sunday 8 October.
Coach Fadlu was however pleased with the manner in which his men acquitted themselves and points out that it could well have been a maximum point haul at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium had the Team of Choice been more clinical in front of goal.
“With the circumstances, it was a really tough week emotionally for the players. Also the day before the game, Bevan Fransman pulled out with injury. When we landed in PE, Bandile Shandu also twisted his ankle and was doubtful to start,” said Maritzburg’s tactician.
“Despite the circumstances though, we had a fantastic game, again our problem was not scoring. We should have taken our chance to score first half, but we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
“It was a concern with the week that we had, how the players would come out. But they were focussed, they stuck to the plan and played out of their skins. Disappointed at not getting the three points, but happy with the character the players showed and how theycame out with structured performances in the training sessions last week and in the match.
“Now we turn our focus to the Telkom Cup match against Platinum Stars next week Friday and how we can start scoring some more goals again,” coach Fadlu concluded.
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