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Davids: It’s Not About Me, As Maritzburg Aim To Make History

Fadlu Davids' Maritzburg United Could Make History This Weekend

By Joe Crann - Sep 08, 2017 02:37 PM @YesWeCrann

Fadlu Davids may be in his first year as an official head coach, but he’s not wasting time making an impression and now finds himself one game away from Maritzburg United’s first final.

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The former Team of Choice player has his side on a seven-game unbeaten run that stretches back to last season and has seen them concede just one goal in four games in 2017/18 so far.

After knocking Mamelodi Sundowns out in the first round of the MTN8, Maritzburg fought back to grab an important away goal against SuperSport United, putting them in a strong position going into tomorrow’s second leg.

Davids, who knows the threat that Matsatsantsa pose, is refusing to count his chickens despite – possibly – being in the driver’s seat.

He told the Siya crew, “SuperSport are a fantastic side, and we know that at any point they can hit you on the counter and punish you. We have to be pragmatic. We know 0-0 takes us through, but any goal for them means we need to score.” 

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On the topic of Jeremy Brockie returning for SuperSport after his transfer window debacle, Davids said, “I think he’ll play a part, that’s for sure. Having a weapon like that on the pitch is a threat at any moment. He can finish from any angle.

“Myeni is also an attacking threat for them, another weapon in their arsenal. It definitely makes us sit up and take notice.”

Meanwhile, Davids says that – despite being on the verge of Maritzburg’s first ever final – their success so far is about his players, not him. He explained, “It’s not about me, it’s about the players. They’ve worked hard for this. They really want to achieve something. For the club and the players, it’d be fantastic. A final would be a credit to the board for the work they’ve put in.”

They have suffered a blow defensively, though, with Brian Onyango suffering an injury while away on international duty with Kenya. New signing, Liam Youlley, is still looking to overcome a knee injury he sustained in the pre-season while Mondli Dlamini has a fibula problem. Both will still be out for a couple of weeks. 


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Vhivha Joined: 25 Jul 2016
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Vhivha Sep 09, 2017 12:09 PM
Maritzburg, please clean up these Baxter's off springs and go to the finals. SSU selected for BB Players (Gould, Grobler, Mokoena,Furman, Williams) costed Mzantsi big time
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Realydoctor10 Sep 08, 2017 08:45 PM
Difficult to both teams but the ones who will get more chances and use it the sametime and orginse strong combination with his defence will win the match
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jujunation4lyf Sep 08, 2017 05:00 PM
Tell your solder's not to sleep and they will win!
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iDunu Sep 08, 2017 03:21 PM
iSundowns is also been nominated for the Sports club of the year category for their brilliant showing in the last couple of months. iMasandawana won the the Caf Champions League as well as the Caf Super Cup in continental competitions flying the iKby flag high.
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iDunu Sep 08, 2017 03:08 PM
COMPLETE LIST OF FINALISTS: Sportman of the Year Kim Lucas – Wits University – Tang Soo Do Lawrence Brittian – TUKS Rowing - Rowing Hlompho Kekana – Mamelodi Sundowns – Football Sportwoman of the Year Neila Tembe –Gauteng Volleyball Union - Volleyball Tanita Ramburuth Hurt – Wits Sport – Combat Tang Soo Do Janine Van Wyk – South African Football Association – Football Sport Team of the Year Wits Sport – Wits Tang Soo Do – Martial Arts Mamelodi Sundowns – Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club – Football Golden Lions Rugby Union – Emirates Lions Super Rugby Team – Rugby Disabled Sportwoman of the Year Sandra Khumalo - Para Rowing Single Scull – Rowing Maria Combrink - CGSAPD – Athletics Kgothatso Montjane - Wheelchair Tennis South Africa –Tennis Disabled Sportman of the Year Ntando Mahlangu – Disability Sport – Athletics Evans Maripa – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa – Tennis Pieter duPreez – UJ Sport for Disability – Athletics Lucas Sithole – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa – Tennis Sport Team of the Year with a Disability Gauteng Wheelchair Basketball – Gauteng Wheelchair Basketball Boys U23 – Wheelchair Basketball Disability Sport Athletics Team – Disability Sport Athletics Team – Athletics Kwa Thema Disability Academy – Kwa Thema Disability Sports Club – Multi Coded Coach of the Year Kelsey White - Central Gauteng Water Polo – Water Polo Pitso Mosimane - Mamelodi Sundowns – Football Johannes Nthooro Mongalo - Golden Lions Rugby Union – Rugby Technical Official of the Year Charles Villet - Brakpan Wrestling Club – Wrestling Mpho Makgoba - Tennis South Africa –Tennis Charmaine Ho -Provincial Archery Federation – Archery Administrator of the Year Nkosinathi Moyo – Gauteng Volleyball Union – Volleyball Gussie Bartlett – Eastern Gauteng Wrestling Association – Wrestling John Mathane – ASA – Athletics Most Promising Athletes Madimetja Malebana – Wits Sport – Combat Tang Soo Do Nthabeleng Maine – Wits Hockey – Hockey U/21 World Cup Women’s Hockey Sheldon Thomas – UJ Sport for Disability - Athletics Siyabonga Samkelo Wiseman Mbatha – Gauteng Volleyball Union – Volleyball Most Promising Team Gauteng Wheelchair Basketball Girls – Gauteng Under 19 Girls Team – Wheelchair Basketball Gauteng Wheelchair Basketball Boys Gauteng Wheelchair Basketball Boys U/19 – Wheelchair Basketball Hlangebeza U/13 Primary Chess Team – Hlangebeza U/13 Primary Chess Team – Chess Sport Fan of the Year Mdevas Mokubela – Football Johan Snyders – Disability Sport (Athletics) Mamello Makha – Football Journalist of the Year Mbali Mokoko – Kaya FM Tshepiso Mametela – Caxton Newspapers Zipporah Tsholofelo Lesunye – Alex FM Sport Personality of the Year Hlompho Kekana – Mamelodi Sundowns – Football Janine Van Wyk – South African Football Association – Football Luvo Manyanga – UP Sport – Athletics Sheldon Thomas – UJ Sport for Disability – Athletics School Sport Athlete of the Year Fernando Booysen - Hoerskool Hugenoot – Wrestling Emile Burger - Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund – Athletics Mary Dzimba - Gauteng School Sport for the Intellectually Impaired – Athletics Community Sport and Recreation Programme of the Year SAFA Tshwane Regional League and Ga-Rankuwa Local Football Association – Faith and Hope Foundation – Football, Netball and Tennis Gauteng Volleyball Union – Johannesburg Strikers Volleyball Academy – Volleyball Southern Gauteng Hockey Association – In-Touch Community Support Group – Hockey and Football Sport Programme of the Year Nwendamutswu - SABC1 SportBuzz Soweto TV - Dlala Mzanzi Sport at 10 - SABC The Home Straight – Kaya FM Community Media of the Year Thetha FM - Thetha FM 100.7 Jozi FM – Jozi FM Alex News - Caxton
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iDunu Sep 08, 2017 03:04 PM
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane and skipper Hlompho Kekana are in the running for the 2017 Gauteng Sports Awards. The nominees were announced at the Greenhills Stadium in Randfontein on Friday "today". Kekana has been nominated in two categories the Sports Personality of the Year and the Sportsman of the Year, while Mosimane is nominated for the Coach of the Year Category. Sundowns has also been nominated for the Sports club of the year category for their brilliant showing in the last couple of months. Masandawana won the the Caf Champions League as well as the Caf Super Cup in continental competitions flying the South African high. Meanwhile, Banyana Banyana skipper Janine van Wyk has been nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year category. The Gauteng Sports Awards are set to take place at Silverstar casino on October 1.
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Realydoctor10 Sep 08, 2017 02:57 PM
Fadlu u coming good in your work but don't trust that you can hold them to draw Supersport is dangerouse without Brockie and don't forget Grobbler and Phala they can punish your side man
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THE KING ANDY KC Sep 08, 2017 02:48 PM
I love this coach and I hope to see him win the MTN 8 so that he can make people from pmb proud of this team
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Xolany Mthembu endumo wedowns Sep 08, 2017 02:42 PM
now you talk too much boy

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