foes aim for glory

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Maritzburg United supporters should heave a sigh of relief after the team announced yesterday that their prized players, Collen Zimba and Fadlu Davids, would be available for selection against FC AK on Sunday.

The fancied Team of Choice engage Bahumi in the second leg of the promotion play-offs at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

The winning team on Sunday will gain automatic promotion to the Absa Premiership and the loser will join the other three clubs in the other play-off matches.

There were fears among United supporters after Wednesday's match when Zimba and Davids received knocks.

Midfielder Justice Sithole, who also got injured, is doubtful to start.

But Quinton Jattoo, United's manager, is positive Sithole will make it on Sunday.

While United fans are excited about the availability of Zimba and Davids, their counterparts at Bahumi are in suspense as it was still unclear yesterday whether Charles Yohane would play on Sunday after he suffered a muscle pull in the first half.

Forward Lucky "Romario" Maselesele, who had a great match in Eldorado Park, is expected to undergo a late fitness test after he also got injured in that encounter.

"I can't say at the moment whether Charles will be fine because the doctors are still assessing him," Khwezi "Meneer" Masondo, FC AK's general manager, said yesterday.

United, mentored by former FC AK coach Ian Palmer, are favourites to win at home after managing to steal an away goal against Bahumi in the first leg.

Jattoo yesterday concurred with many people who believe his side can win at home on Sunday.

"We have a good chance of winning but this does not mean that we will relax," he said.

Ali Akan, the charismatic FC AK coach, said yesterday: "It is not yet over for us because we are still to engage them on Sunday. It is good that we are regarded as underdogs."

Ghanian skipper John Arwuah could prove to be a pivotal cog for the hosts in the midfield.

Costa Khaiseb and the impressive Chris Manoka should carry the hopes of the visitors.