Cape Town - Maritzburg
United coach Fadlu Davids was full of praise for his side despite
losing 2-1 to Orlando Pirates in Saturday's Premiership clash at the
The Sea Robbers were able to bounce
back from a 3-0 defeat to Ajax Cape Town last Wednesday to move to
second in the standings behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Goals in either half from Thabiso Kutumela and Happy Jele steered the
home side to the three points despite a late onslaught from Maritzburg
in which Siyanda Xulu pulled a goal back with a towering header.
Nonetheless, the Team of Choice swarmed forward in the closing stages
of the encounter and were perhaps unlucky not to secure an equaliser.
Davids told SuperSport after the game: "Today, my boys passed
the test. I’m extremely proud of them. They showed today that they can
come here and play.
"Both goals came from set-pieces which came against the run of play.
But it was an unbelievable performance from us. Pirates played with a
five man defensive line and brought on another defender and another
"It’s absolutely fantastic what they have achieved tonight for this
club Maritzburg United. I don’t take this result. I’ll go in the change
room and tell them that.
"We are on the right track. For us, it’s about the process, and we
will get better. Next season, we’ll be a better team. They will get more
experience, but if you can come to Orlando Stadium and do what they did
tonight. I’m extremely proud of them."
The result sees Pirates move into second place in the standings while
United drop to sixth with a 10-point deficit behind league leaders