The Team of Choice take on Matsatsantsa in an Absa Premiership game at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening (6pm), for what is their penultimate outing of 2018.
United go into the game on what was for them a disappointing midweek 1-1 draw against Black Leopards at the Harry Gwala Stadium
“It’s really tough when you keep trying hard but don’t get the results you wanted, even more so at home,” Makaringe admitted. “So it was disappointing, having gone one goal up and then conceding a penalty.”
However, as the Bafana midfielder explains, it’s crucial that the Maritzburg players reset their mind-sets and head up to Pretoria in an optimistic mood.
“Afterwards when the coach [Fadlu Davids] spoke to us, he managed to keep us positive, making sure that we don’t lose hope, because it’s still in our hands to rectify the situation,” Makaringe said.
“We are the second best defensive team (eight goals conceded in 12 league matches), so we are hard to beat,” he continued. “But the only way we’ll start winning more is to score with our opportunities. It’s about making sure that when we get to the final third, we show composure and put the ball in the net. We just need a win or two and things will turn around.”
In seventh position, SuperSport are six places higher than the Team of Choice on the table, and the overall head-to-head stats between the sides lean heavily in favour of the Tshwane club. While last season’s corresponding match in Pretoria ended 0-0, it’s been four years since Maritzburg beat SuperSport – a 4-1 win in October 2014.
The history books will however have little bearing on the 90 minutes in Atteridgeville on Saturday.
“Coming from the loss against Kaizer Chiefs, it’s not going to be easy to play against them. We don’t have a good record against them,” said Makaringe. “But our main focus is on our team. We always say to ourselves, it’s not about the opposition, it’s what we can do as a team, it’s about using the ability we possess and how we implement that on the day.
“We have a very good squad with great potential. It’s about going out there and sticking to what the technical team has taught us on the training ground,” the midfield maestro concluded.