Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia, A cup final win will be fully deserved

The Team of Choice wrapped up their league campaign last weekend with a 1-1 draw against Golden Arrows at a packed Harry Gwala Stadium, ending the season in a club record best position of fourth on the Absa Premiership standings.

The week ahead is all about preparing for the Nedbank Cup final which takes place at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday May 19 against Free State Stars.

Kadodia now wants the team to go out there and bring the trophy back to Pietermaritzburg – he thinks the Maritzburg players deserve for the season to conclude with a tangible reward.

“We have achieved a lot, the brand of football we play, the players themselves, they really want to win the final. Because they have nothing really to show for the brand of football they have been playing. What we have done this season – I think a cup final win will be fully deserved. But we have to still work hard to go and win it.”

The Chairman also mentioned the vital role head coach Fadlu Davids has played in bringing everything together in such successful fashion.

“I always had belief in Fadlu, because he is a loyal servant of Maritzburg,” he said. “His work ethic, when he was assistant coach, it gave me the chance to have confidence in him. When he was caretaker coach I saw his work, his ethics. He identified players that suit his football, and that has been key.

“[Previous coach] Ernst Middendorp never allowed Fadlu to be a ball boy (in his previous assistant coach role) and taught him from day one. And Fadlu grasped this with both hands. And the bonus is that Fadlu has invested in his own coaching programs – after the final he is on the plane next day to compete his UEFA B.”

It has not always been an easy road for the Team of Choice, making this season’s success taste all the more sweet. The Chairman is pleased also to have seen fellow KZN sides AmaZulu and Arrows enjoying good seasons.

“Two years ago when we fought relegation in Potchefstroom (against Jomo Cosmos), I was crying out for more KZN teams in the PSL. Today I’m proud to see three KZN teams in the top eight. This is a moment that we all should relish. That for KZN, the investment that has been made in football has paid off.

“When we were relegated (2007), the board said our loan account is too high and we cannot survive financially, let’s walk out. Thanda Royal Zulu wanted to buy.

“But I convinced the board that we needed to give it a try, and it worked well for us because that first year we got promoted and ever since then we have been in the PSL. We worked so many years just to survive. Now the corner has turned and we need to mandate to always achieve at least a top eight position.”

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