Absa Premiership

SuperSport begin life without Brockie against Maritzburg

2018-01-17 10:34
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town – SuperSport United will take on Maritzburg United 24 hours after Jeremy Brockie completed his move to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The New Zealand international was on the Brazilians radar throughout the season and despite Matsatsantsa’s desire to hold onto the 30-year-old, he opted to join the club’s crosstown rivals.

Meanwhile, Matsatsantsa head into the match in wretched form after failing to win any of their three matches in 2018.

Eric Tinkler's team lost their last two matches against Wits and Golden Arrows and are camped out in KwaZulu-Natal this week where they play three games on the trot. The third against AmaZulu follows on Saturday.

The poor run has led to the Tshwane outfit slipping down to 12th in the league standings with three games in hand.

They were dealt a further blow this week as Onismor Bhasera, Mandla Masango and Bradley Grobler remain on the medical bill.

Maritzburg coach Fadlu Davids admits that mental doctoring remains his biggest challenge ahead of Wednesday's clash with SuperSport United at Harry Gwala Stadium.

The Team of Choice have the chance to climb up to third in the table as they seek a third successive Premiership victory.

Davids' side have won four out of their last six games, including a club-record 4-0 triumph over Bloemfontein Celtic on Friday - the biggest-ever win in their history.

This, after an 11-match winless stretch that lasted nearly three-and-a-half months last year.

"These are young players and they are learning all the time," Davids said ahead of the game.

"Their minds need to be kept clear and they need to know not to get too excited by a few wins.

"It's a long season ahead and that's the challenge for me."

The Team of Choice’s new recruit Bokang Thlone is set to miss the match due to medial collateral ligament damage.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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