MARITZBURG WARY OF POLOKWANE SIDE ‘FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES’
5 March 2020
Maritzburg United take on Polokwane City at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night and are expecting a real battle for the points on offer.
The Absa Premiership encounter kicks off at 8pm.
A couple of weeks ago Polokwane were languishing at the foot of the table. But back-to-back wins over Cape Town City and Black Leopards proves there is still plenty of fight in Rise and Shine.
And after Maritzburg’s own battle with relegation last season, which resulted in a strong finish to ensure safety, albeit via the play-offs, the Team of Choice are well aware of how Polokwane City will be feeling right now.
“It’s not going to be an easy game as they are fighting for their lives in the relegation zone,” said United wide-player Mxolisi Kunene.
“They want to come here and get the points. We were there last season, we know what goes on, it’s not easy.
“It’s very important that we do well in front of our supporters at the Harry Gwala Stadium, so we need to do our best and keep on performing in every game,” he added.
Maritzburg have put last season’s struggles behind them in fine fashion and currently occupy fifth position on the log; just three points behind third-placed Orlando Pirates.
They will be heading into the match against Rise and Shine looking for a fourth consecutive league victory after beating Bidvest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC.
“Our target at the start of the season was the top eight, but now that we are there, we will try and push for at least the top five,” Kunene explained.
“It’s not surprising [the form this season], because we are fighting together as a team and the team spirit is there.
“I’m happy that the team is doing well and by the end of the season we would like to achieve something.”
The Team of Choice won last season’s corresponding match at home 3-1 and also beat Polokwane 1-0 in the first round encounter this season in the Limpopo Province.
In the last 10 showdowns against Rise and Shine, United have won three, lost five and drawn two.
Tickets for Friday night’s match can be purchased at the official club shop in the Liberty Midlands Mall, or at the club office - 97 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg.