With the Team of Choice in third spot on the league table and set to meet Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick off), the plaudits have been coming in for head coach Fadlu Davids, and by extension, the technical team, including Fadlu’s younger brother and right-hand man, Mahier.
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We caught up with coach Mahier ahead of Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated showdown with Masandawana to get his thoughts on the following topics:
SUCCESFUL SEASON TO DATE
“It’s all about the players. They have made it happen. We help them on the side, but they are the ones that have to run the 90 minutes and do what we asked for. They are the ones who come in every day to training, rain or shine and put in the hard work.”
HEAD COACH FADLU
“He’s the one leading the ship, so yes he should take a lot of credit. But as he said himself, its not only about him, it’s the team, the management of the club, everybody moving in the same direction. He’s the head of the ship so he takes the pressure when things are not going so well, and he can take the plaudits as well.”
“Reaching the target of 42 points and the top eight makes it a good season. Semi-final of the MTN8, semi-final of the Nedbank Cup, we’ve achieved in a way already, so there’s no big pressure on us the last few games. We need to enjoy them and see how many points we can get and how far we can go in the Nedbank Cup. There’s no pressure and the guys have done really well.
“But that said, this is where you have to be able to channel your thinking. Yes, the pressure is off, but we still have to perform, we still want to achieve a certain playing style, so to be able to do that now, with less pressure, it’s a challenge.”
CAN SUNDOWNS BE OVERCOME?
“Tough game, really tough game. If we can play the way we usually play we stand a chance. But its Sundowns, they are the favourites, they are going on to win the league now, playing in the Champions League.”
FOR THE FANS
“It’s for us to put in a good performance for ourselves, and also for the supporters that come out to support us every week. They’re the best, the best in the league. Even when there was a patch when we were not doing so well, they still came to support us. They push us every game, they are the 12th man. We want to reward them, especially at home and I hope we can do it again on Sunday.”
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