Cape Town - Maritzburg
United captain Ashley Hartog says the onus is now on his team-mates to exploit
the opportunities which should present themselves during the course of the
current Premiership campaign.
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The Team of Choice are currently seventh in the Premiership
standings, nine points behind Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns, who are the
forerunners to secure a spot in continental competition next season.
"The extended break has been good for us and we are
ready to go. There will always be patches of our game where we can improve, a
few things we need to work on, but now we need to go out and show what we are
capable of," said Hartog, whose team dropped points in four of their last
five Premiership fixtures last year.
The matches against AmaZulu and Pretoria University should
have been wins for Mariztburg and Hartog is well aware of it. However, the
Mariztburg captain reminded the football fraternity that there was tremendous
promise within United’s squad, especially under the tutelage of head coach
"By now we understand the coach very well and it’s up
to all the players to get to the level where he expects us to be at," he
"Our main issue in the first round has been scoring
goals. In too many games we have created two, three chances in the opening 10
minutes but failed to put the opponents under pressure by converting
them," added Hartog.
"If we have early chances we have to score one or two,
we have to learn how to kill teams off when we are dominating games."
The next assignment for Maritzburg United will be against
Bidvest Wits next Tuesday, which is a fascinating fixture in the context of
"It’s going to be a difficult game against Bidvest
Wits. Like us, they can play the ball around.
“The first goal is going to be very important and I think
the team that makes the least mistakes will win the match."