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Davids – Chiefs Loss Will Prepare Us For League War

Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids was hugely encouraged by the battling fight his side showed against Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup last-32 loss at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.

Maritzburg gallantly fought a vibrant Chiefs in the match, but they were let down by the sending off of Travis Graham in the 38th minute following his dangerous tackle on young Mdu Shabalala.

Despite being one man down for 82 minutes, Maritzburg showed an impressive spirit not to be broken down by Chiefs, who needed extra-time.

While they lost the battle, Davids said this has prepared his side hugely for what is to come as they lie second from bottom of the DStv Premiership standing in their bid to survive.  

“Overall I’m extremely happy with the performance of the players,” said Davids, who led Maritzburg to the Ke Yona Cup final in the 2017/18 season.

“We lost the battle today, but this battle will prepare us for the war. The war is the league and we had huge topics and discussions this week about the game management, team unity, working together as the unity.

“It was not the best performance with the ball, but against the ball it was really good. Solidarity amongst the team was good too and hopefully we can take the positives out of this game when we face Orlando Pirates next week.

“In that game, this will definitely prepare us. But the belief has to come now, in them, knowing that they can go toe to toe with any team and that is what we will do next week.”

In that game against Davids’ former club, they will miss the guile and the toughness of Graham as he will be serving his red card suspension at Orlando Stadium.

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.