Absa Premiership

Kadodia expects strong finish

2015-04-22 13:07
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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 11 March.

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 come."

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