READY TO GIVE THEIR ALL AGAINST
20 August 2020
matter who we play, we have to
go there and compete and make
sure we win the game," says
assistant coach Vincent Kobola
ahead of Friday's clash with
The Absa Premiership encounter takes place
at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium
in Atteridgeville and kick off is at 6pm.
United faced a baptism of fire last week
in their return to action after a
five-month hiatus as they went down 3-2 to
Fighting for their lives, Leopards showed
what can be achieved with the necessary
Now it will be up to the Team of Choice to
take that a similar approach into the
match against Sundowns.
"It was a tough defeat against Black
Leopards, we really let ourselves down and
should have done better," coach Vincent
admitted. "I also think that Leopards
wanted it more than us, they fought for 90
minutes and came out with purpose.
"So we need to improve on that in our next
game against Sundowns."
Maritzburg will, however, also be mindful
of the fact that the Brazilians will also
be looking to make amends after a recent
"It's going to be tough, after their
defeat against Cape Town City," coach
Vincent pointed out, "I think Sundowns
will want to win against us to close the
gap on the top. But we also want to win
because we have also come from a defeat."
In terms of preparations, there is one
fitness concern going into the game on
Friday, but otherwise its all systems go.
"The boys have been looking good," coach
Vincent enthused. "We're waiting to hear
the result of Mxolosi Kunene's scan after
he twisted his knee. The other guys are
all injury free, looking good and ready
for this game on Friday.
"We want to go there and win because we
have set ourselves a target of top five.
It doesn't matter who we play, we have to
go there and compete and make sure we win
United are currently sixth on the table
with 39 points from 25 games. In second
spot, Sundowns have played one match less
and have 46 points - six points behind
pacesetters Kaizer Chiefs.
Maritzburg's last three matches against
Sundowns all ended in 2-1 defeats. The
last time they beat Masandawana was in a
Nedbank Cup fixture in April 2018.
One has to go back all the way to
September 2012 for the previous occasion
when United beat Sundowns in the league -
thanks to a Delron Buckley brace in a 2-1
victory. That should certainly give
Maritzburg extra motivation to end
Sundowns' league dominance over them.
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