Coach Fadlu is set to head into his second full campaign in charge of the Team of Choice and the challenge is to build on the success of last season, when United finished fourth in the Absa Premiership and went all the way to the final of the 2018 Nedbank Cup.
For the most part the squad is expected to stay intact from 2017/18 – to date only Bevan Fransman has departed, while Denwin Farmer, Keagan Buchanan, Sizwe Muthwa and Tholang Masegela and Nazeer Allie are the new additions so far, with a couple more arrivals likely.
Having been back in pre-season for nearly a month already, the Team of Choice are now set to head up to Gauteng for some match practice and team bonding.
“We go to Potchestroom for the final phase of our pre-season. We go into the end of week four, starting week five, and we’ll be playing a couple of friendly matches over there,” said coach Fadlu.
“It’s more about getting the players together, getting them to know what our club is about, what our playing style is about, building the team spirit. That was our strength last season and we plan to build on that,” he continued.
“It’s about finding the best way forward for the season in terms of our playing style, that’s what pre-season is about. We will have a couple of more friendlies before we start our first league match against Golden Arrows.
“Up until then it’s about finding the right formula, the best team to be on the pitch, not necessarily the best players, but the best team that will give you the best results.”
Apart from the league opener against Arrows, Maritzburg also play Abafana bes’Thende in the Premiers Cup on July 28, while they are set to face Cape Town City in the MTN8 competition.
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