MATCHDAY: How Davids Transformed Maritzburg Into Mzansi’s Dark Horse
MTN8 Preview - SuperSport United v Maritzburg United
Maritzburg United will look to cause another upset today as they take on SuperSport United in their MTN8 semi-final. We take a look at how they managed to beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals to get some clues as to how they might look to catch out Eric Tinkler’s side on the pitch.
Click through the images above to see the key stats from Maritzburg United’s win over Mamelodi Sundowns.
Maritzburg’s 1-0 win over Sundowns saw the team hold possession for only 36.4% of the game, spending less than a third of that time in the opposition half. Furthermore, they made just 53 successful forward passes to Sundowns’ 149, achieving a passing accuracy of 61%.
Nonetheless, Maritzburg won the game and the key focus of that game was the team’s use of a back three, with two effective wingbacks, in the form of Bandile Shandu and Siphesihle Ndlovu, who aren’t playing in their natural positions. Deolin Mekoa has also moved from the wide position that he played last season. Evans Rusike has also changed things up again, having played out wide on the left flank last season and now moving into a central role. The dynamic nature of the team has meant that Fadlu David has made them a difficult team to face and to plan for.
However, perhaps the focal point of Maritzburg’s attack is Lebohang Maboe, who has been a revelation, playing behind Evans Rusike and also scoring in the season’s opener against Platinum Stars.
Maritzburg will come into the game with an incredibly high level of confidence, having won all of their three competitive games this season. However, they have only beaten SuperSport twice in their last 21 encounters and Eric Tinkler will undoubtedly have studied the changes that Fadlu Davids has brought to the team. Either way, we seem to be set for an exciting semi-final.
What’s your prediction for today’s game?