Cape Town - Maritzburg
United coach Fadlu Davids has warned his charges that Bloemfontein
Celtic be gunning for revenge when the two teams meet in their Nedbank
Cup quarter-final clash.
The match is scheduled for the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday.
The Team of Choice walloped Celtic 4-0 in the last meeting between
the two teams, in the league in January, having lost the first round
Davids has admitted that it will be suicidal to read too much into
the previous game, as he battles with a number of suspensions and
The manager told his club's official website: It’s a tough draw. Like
I said, they should have beaten us by six goals over there in
Bloemfontein in the first round game.
"What makes it difficult is that we beat them 4-0 here, and for a
team that lost here, they are going to come out all guns blazing.
"We don’t have defenders, we have to look and see which options and which formations we will go with to sort out the back.”
United will be without the suspended duo of captain Bevan Fransman
and Pogiso Sanoka while Brian Onyango is side-lined with injury.
The United coach could once again call on the service of development
product Rushine Reuck, who played in their last game against Polokwane
The young defender has made seven substitute appearances and two
starts so far this season and was lauded for his performance in the 2-1
victory over City.
Davids added: "He made a mistake early on, but how he bounced back –
that really shows maturity for a young man, to be able to be brave, and
to get back into the rest of the game.
"Absolutely fantastic – I’m so proud of him, to come back the way he did, to have a performance like he did.
"We know his quality; we’ve only seen glimpses of him, touches of his
quality. There’s so much more potential, we see it in training. Once he
fully believes in himself, he will be one hell of a player."