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don't write off united

By unknown | Sep 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Maritzburg United could surprise a lot of people when they host Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership game at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday.

Coach Gordon Igesund said yesterday that he had assembled a bunch of talented youngsters who are now playing carpet football.

He said the team was coming together and that, unlike in their first game against Ajax Cape Town, the players now understand each other.

"In our opening game they did not play as a team, but now they are coming together," he said.

He said Chiefs were wounded after their 2-1 defeat against Thanda Royal Zulu and United need to be cautious.

"Although we respect them, we're not going to be scared of them, we're going to give them a full go."

Igesund said Junior Khanye was outstanding at training and a number of players in the team were determined to prove themselves too.

"The competition is tough and every player is fighting hard for a place in the team. The atmosphere is good and my players will be going out there to express themselves."

Manuel "Tico-Tico" Bucuane missed United's opening game because he had only joined the side four days before. But United still have the likes of Fadlu Davids, Bryce Aka, Elias Ngwepe, Khanye and Lucky Maselesele to call on.

Chiefs, who will be without the suspended Jose Torrealba and injured Kaizer Motaung junior are a wounded lot and will go all out for a win. Though it will not be an easy ride for them, Amakhosi should prove too strong for their opponents.

Chiefs' public relations manager Siyabulele Makunga said they were caught on the wrong foot by Royal Zulu.

Onismor Bhasera, who missed the opening league game through injury, is back and could bring stability to the team. Siphiwe Tshabalala, Thuso Phala and Jimmy Tau will shoulder a lot of responsibility for Chiefs.


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