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'Team of Choice' out to avoid axe

By unknown | Mar 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Maritzburg United, who are languishing at the bottom of the Premiership log, will be relying on their supporters as they begin to negotiate what could be a long and bumpy road to safety at the end of the season.

United are sitting on 19 points from 24 games after losing 13 matches. In addition, they have conceded 37 goals, just one less than Black Leopards.

Senzo Msimang, the team's publicist, said they will be relying on their supporters to help them survive the axe, starting with the game against Ajax Cape Town at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday night.

"We have to stay in the elite league and our supporters will be very influential in our quest to avoid relegation. Supporters have played a big role in the success of other teams and we believe ours can also do the same," said Msimang.

"We need them more this time round than at any time and we call on them to come in numbers to cheer the team on when we play Ajax."

United's coach, Mlungisi "Professor" Ngubane, said he will be giving players that had not been fielded by previous coaches a chance. He said he believed those players have the magic that will take the team out of the danger zone.

"The players are hungrier and I believe they are as good as those that have been playing, and so deserve a chance to play.

"And I will be giving them that chance. If they were not good enough, why were they signed?" Ngubane asked.

"Prof", as he is affectionately known in soccer circles, has not only got the mammoth task of saving the struggling "Team of Choice" from relegation, but also of making them one of the household names in South African football.


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