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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 | 04:57
Maritzburg United will hope to return to winning ways at home when they host Kaizer Chiefs in the Absa Premiership on Saturday night at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
Kick-off is at 8:15pm.
Although they nearly claimed the full three points against Polokwane City in their midweek game, the Team of Choice will be motivated by their 1-1 away draw.
Coach Roger De Sa is chasing his first league win since taking the reins at the side and to beat Amakhosi will come as a huge boost.
In their previous three matches United registered three draws against Bidvest Wits, Platinum Stars as well as the stalemate against Rise and Shine.
Sitting at No 7 on the log means they are still on track to finish in the top eight.
Moreover, the hosts will also be chasing revenge as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat in the first round to Chiefs at FNB Stadium.
“We’ve played a couple of matches already and we played a very tough game against Polokwane,” said De Sa.
“We traveled all the way there and worked hard. We went pretty well and I think we are pretty ready for Chiefs.
“Nevertheless we just going to get over that, face one game at the time and see how this one goes.”
To Steve Komphela’s men, Chiefs will now head to the coastal part of the country in search of their second win in 2017.
Chiefs bagged a comfortable 3-1 win over Free State Stars on Tuesday night and the coach will now target continuity in Maritzburg.
The Soweto giants are now setting their sights on reaching the top as they have managed to beat Golden Arrows and Polokwane City in their previous matches in 2016.
They now sit at No 4 with 27 points from 16 league matches.
“We need to apply the psychology to say we demand more, as we didn’t give all that’s contained in us against Free State Stars. The minute we say it’s okay, we are sending the wrong message,” said Komphela.
“We’ll take it one game at a time. The positive thing is that we scored three beautiful goals against Stars, but we could have done better.
“So we just have to win consistently, but you feel the mood is better. Our focus is different, we want to do better than what we have been doing. You can feel that we are not entirely satisfied.”