Absa Premiership

Ernst looking to close the gap

2016-03-10 16:30
Ernst Middendorp (Supplied)

Cape Town - Maritzburg United face Golden Arrows in a KwaZulu-Natal Premiership derby on Friday with plenty at stake for the hosts at Harry Gwala Stadium.

The Team of Choice have 10 games to save themselves from a bleak future as they look to escape what is looking like certain relegation to the National First Division.

Ernst Middendorp's side, who have failed to win a single home game this term, have just 12 points so far in 2015/16, four fewer than University of Pretoria and five behind Jomo Cosmos, although both clubs have played a game more.

But this is it, according to the German as the clock ticks against them.

"It's definitely a game which has huge value riding on it," Middendorp said.

"There's no doubt about that. We have a huge opportunity to close the gap in our league of three teams.

"These are the teams that have to fight. Hopefully we will get the result and be in a better position with nine games to play."

Brian Onyango, David Booysen, Deolin Mekoa and Philani Zulu all return for a full-strength United, who also have Abia Nale available again after injury.

Arrows are missing Nkanyiso Cele due to a knee problem, but Rodney Ramagalela, Deon Hotto, Frank Mhango and Musa Bilankulu all return from suspension.

One thing looking certain is that a draw seems the most unlikely result. In 15 previous meetings, only three times have the points been shared.

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