Cape Town - Maritzburg
United chairman Farook Kadodia says the team's last four Premiership fixtures
are all winnable encounters.
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Currently eighth in the Premiership table, the KZN club are
set to face Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates at home, while they will also
travel to AmaZulu and Moroka Swallows.
While emboldened by the two home matches, Kadodia believes
the clash against fellow KNZ club AmaZulu will be like a home game, and against
the struggling Dube Birds - maximum points should be expected.
"We need a good run in the last four games as the
difference in points between clubs is very narrow. We have players with the
ability to give us the top eight," Kadodia was quoted as saying by the
club's official website.
"We are left with two games at home which is Ajax and
Pirates, but effectively it is three games if we include AmaZulu whom we will
play in Durban."
Kadodia has urged the players to secure the club's first
ever top-eight finish since the league's inception.
"We need to target these games for maximum points. We
have to find ideas to derive the nine points in KZN. I think 40 points should
be enough to secure us the top eight, this is within reach.
"We appeal to our fans to rally behind the team,
especially in the remaining KZN games, that they come in their numbers and
support the boys."
After a poor run of form at the beginning of the year,
United turned the corner with a shock win over league leaders Kaizer Chiefs on
Kadodia believes the upset over Chiefs was a huge confidence
booster that turned the team's fortunes around.
"I believe we have generally had a much better season
so far, compared to the previous seasons, despite the results drought that we
experienced for about nine games without a win.
"Beating Kaizer Chiefs at home to turn things around,
was the highlight for this season considering that we are one of only two teams
that have managed to beat them this season so far.
"Beating Platinum Stars after that, put us in a
position of strength, but then we lost again two successive matches against
Supersport United and Mpumalanga Aces. Victory against Bloemfontein Celtic has
put us back in the challenge for the Top Eight."
The club boss quelled suggestions that he would sell-off the
team should they fail to reach the top eight this season.
"I recently had a chat with one journalist, and
expressed that we have to finish in the top eight this season, otherwise why
are we in the PSL?
"Unfortunately this was misconstrued to mean that if we
do not make it in the top eight, we will sell the club. There is definitely no
such plan. We have a very broad vision for the club for many years to