Maritzburg United hope for Three points at home against the Rookies

Maritzburg United are determined to claim all three points from their Absa Premiership clash against Stellenbosch FC at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday.

This will be the Team of Choice’s third league encounter in the new season, having started with a 0-1 defeat away to Golden Arrows before drawing 1-1 with Highlands Park at the Harry Gwala Stadium after the visitors claimed a last minute equaliser.

Regards the performances though, and in terms of the potential Maritzburg head coach Eric Tinkler sees in his team, there were positives to take from those opening two outings.

The match against Highlands came two weeks back, which has given United’s technical team the chance to address some areas where they see a need for improvement.

“We played a couple of friendly games – looking to rectify a few things, especially in our offensive play,” coach Eric explained.

“Obviously we were disappointed with the results, but not the performance. I think in both games we deserved to get all three points, it was just our finishing which let us down in the final third,” he continued.

“We’ve worked a lot on that, the intensity in training has been very good, and now it’s about looking to get a win – obviously we want to build the confidence and the morale of the team, create that winning mentality.

“So it’s very important for us to go to Stellenbosch and collect the three points, before we play Leopards here (at home) next Wednesday.”

Stellenbosch, promoted from the National First Division last season, have an identical record to the Team of Choice this season, with one point from two matches.

The Steve Barker-coached team have drafted in some veteran PSL campaigners such as Morgan Gould and Mark van Heerden, and also have two former Maritzburg players on their books in Ryan Moon and Mpho Matsi (who had a loan spell in PMB last season).

Iqraam Rayners, who scored 19 times in the NFD last season, is a player that the Maritzburg defence will be aiming to keep under wraps.

In Maritzburg team news, newly acquired Zimbabwean striker Clive Augusto is waiting on his paperwork to go through, while Miguel Timm, Gabriel Nyoni and Siyanda Xulu are injury doubts and Thami Sangweni is ruled out for a week or two with injury.

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