19 December 2008

Kadodia: we will keep fighting

Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia says that he is happy with the performances of the team and has encouraged them to keep fighting.

In numerous games this season, The Team of Choice has played some excellent, attractive football, often outplaying their opponents, yet just not getting that extra bit of luck sometimes required to turn good performances into wins.

And importantly, the team has shown real character when the chips are down, refusing to give up the fight until the final whistle.

On Wednesday night in Pretoria, United kept Mamelodi Sundowns at bay for nearly 70 minutes, during which they had several good chances of their own to take the lead.

However, a Surprise Moriri goal was followed by two late Collins Mbesuma strikes which saw United go down 3-0.

Kadodia admits it was disappointing to lose the game, but said that he is happy with the effort the players are putting in this season.

“We are disappointed by the loss, but not despondent about the performance of the team,” Kadodia told KickOff.com.

“Our aim is to remain in the PSL and we will keep fighting hard until the end of the season.”

The club chairman also mentioned that adding to the squad in the transfer window could be a possibility.

For now, United must focus ahead on their last game before the Christmas break, which is against Thanda Royal Zulu at the Woodburn Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Local derbies always make for exciting games and this one should be no different against an inconsistent 'Amabhubesi' side.

In their last two games, Thanda threw away a two goal lead to surrender 3-2 to Free State Stars, and then came from behind to beat Moroka Swallows 4-2.

That’s six goals in two games - a warning to United that they must be on their toes defensively, but with Thanda also having conceded four in their last two outings, Maritzburg can fancy their chances of scoring a few goals of their own.