Rather than shy away from Maritzburg United’s predicament, midfielder Miguel Timm says it’s important to face the situation head on.
The Team of Choice succumbed to Cape Town City 2-3 in their most recent Absa Premiership match and are left with nine games to climb to safety, starting with Friday night’s KZN derby encounter against AmaZulu at the Harry Gwala Stadium (8pm kick off).
“As human beings we all have challenges in our lives and it’s not different for me. It’s all about how you take on that challenge,” Timm stated.
“That’s the mentality we have here – embracing the challenge, looking to overcome this together as a team. No one can say they will achieve anything without self-belief and positive mentality. I’ve been positive all my life, whether things go my way or not,” the combative central midfielder added.
The former Bidvest Wits player is aware of what’s on the line and spoke of the importance of the players taking care of business on the pitch.
“When you watch the match it’s not only about the 18-player match day squad. We have people in the offices depending on us, we are looking after our own families. The organisation as a whole is looking towards us, because we are the ones who have been chosen to fight for the club, so we will give our best right to the end,” he promised.
The Team of Choice go into Friday’s showdown with Usuthu looking to replicate their last home performance, a resounding 3-1 win over Polokwane City.
“It’s going to be my first KZN derby, but right now I don’t think it’s so much about the derby, but us needing the points,” Timm explained.
“That’s just extra motivation to win, but playing at home, we must collect maximum points. Credit to the fans for coming out in this tough situation – they were one of the reasons we were able get the victory (against Polokwane), and since it’s also the KZN derby, we hope to make them proud.”
Speaking on head coach Eric Tinkler’s impact, Timm said:
“He’s a very intelligent coach, the first thing I noticed is he did not tinker with the system from the previous coaches. He just added a few elements – as you can see [the changes made in attack] have been working because we have got more goals than previous games.
“It’s up to us to apply ourselves within the system. It’s nothing new for any of us, it’s just about the attitude and application.”