Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

The name Gordon Igesund is synonymous with success after he winning the PSL championship with four different teams.

But his previous success and experience seem not to be working for Absa Premiership returnees Maritzburg United.

United are struggling since returning to the top flight this season, and most of their supporters are wondering if the club will avoid the dreaded chop at the end of the term.

But Igesund is adamant they will weather the storm.

In fact, he believes The Team of Choice will claim a mid-table spot, come May.

"I trust my players and there has been improvement in our recent matches," said Igesund yesterday.

"We have not had a good season and this is because we are a new team. This team was put together in less than a month. But I'm happy with the way the players complement each other. There is no reason to panic because we will compete in the second round."

He said he will not rush to fortify the squad during the January transfer window period.

Igesund, who joined United at the beginning of the season after a short spell with Thanda Royal Zulu where he was a technical adviser, was supported by the side's manager Quinton Jattoo.

"We have confidence in our coach and the players and our supporters should not panic. It will be equally testing in the second round, but I think we will be equal to the task," Jattoo said.

United are having it tough despite having good players such as Lebohang Kukame, Collen Zimba, Tony Tsabedze, Fadlu Davids and Lynch Pule.

Even the experience of Manuel "Tico Tico" Bucuane up front has failed to help them to get positive results.

They have managed 13 points from a possible 39, and their rearguard has been kind to the opponents having let throught 25 goals, making them the second weakest team in the elite league.

United do battle against temperamental Moroka Swallows at Olympia Park on January 11.

Swallows have themselves only collected four points in their last four games.