United out to spoil Downs' party

2014-05-09 14:47
Thamsanqa Mkhize. Photograph: Sydney Mahlangu/Back
Thamsanqa Mkhize. Photograph: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Cape Town - Despite facing the newly crowned ABSA Premiership champions, Maritzburg United are still determined to end their season on a winning note when they host Mamelodi Sundowns at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

United beat Bidvest Wits 1-0 earlier this week. It was their second straight win in the league, and, according to website, midfielder Thamsanqa Mkhize says they are determined to maintain the same form at home.

“Beating Bidvest Wits away from home was a good result for us in terms of improving our log position and boosting out confidence ahead of the new season,” he said.

“We were disappointed after losing in the Nedbank Cup semifinal but this win has lifted our spirits and now we have to finish strongly to set a good foundation to build on next season.”

Steve Komphela’s side are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 37 points from 29 matches, while Mamelodi Sundowns have already clinched the league title, but Mkhize is anticipating a tight encounter on Saturday afternoon.

“I believe Sundowns are professionals and they are not taking this game as a formality,” he said. “They have won so many games in a row and they won’t just allow us to end their streak.

“It’s an important game for us as well because we’ll be playing at home and we’d like to beat the champions and give our loyal fans something to cheer about on the day.”

Sundowns beat SuperSport United 3-0 on Tuesday night to secure the league championship and are currently sitting at the top with 64 points from 29 matches.

Midfielder Teko Modise admits that the whole team was under pressure ahead of that encounter and is relieved that they responded positively by scoring the winning goals after the break.

“Everyone was nervous in the beginning and you could see how important the game was to everyone,” he said.

“We went in at half time and we said we need to go out and play our normal game which we did in the second half.”

The Brazilians will get their hands on the trophy on Saturday but Modise says they still have to do the business on the field against United in order to end the season with eleven straight wins.

“We want to set a new record and go out there and get the points on Saturday,” he added.

“We want to set a record for the most number of points achieved in winning the league and also for the amount of successive wins.”

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