Maritzburg set to consolidate top eight spot

Maritzburg United will be looking to boost their slim chances of finishing in the top eight of the Absa Premiership table when they visit Orlando Pirates at on Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.

The Team of Choice have now gone for seven matches without a win, the latest being a 1-1 home draw against Ajax Cape Town.

The KwaZulu-Natal side is currently in 11th place with 36 points from 29 matches but assistant coach Fadlu Davids says they will go all out to secure maximum points in their last fixture while hoping for the other results to go in their favour.

“Obviously we’re disappointed with our recent form but we want to go out there and win this last game against Orlando Pirates,” he said.

“After the match, we don’t want to in a situation where we’ve lost the game or drawn and the other results have gone our way.

“We still have a chance to get into the top eight, although it’s not in our hands but we’ll certainly try and do our part and win what will be a tough game away from home.

“Orlando Pirates are always difficult opponents but they also have their weaknesses and we have to try and capitalise on them.

“If we take our chances on the day and avoid making mistakes then we’ll give ourselves an opportunity to get win and end the season on a positive note.”

The Buccaneers, on the other hand, bounced back from two successive losses to register a 4-1 win over Black Leopards on Wednesday night.

The Soweto giants remain in third place on the table with 52 points from 29 matches, one point behind second-placed Platinum Stars.

This means that they will go all out to win their last match at home while hoping that Dikwena will fail to collect maximum points in their last game against SuperSport United.

Midfielder Oupa Manyisa was pleased with the solid display against Leopards and believes that a similar performance against Maritzburg will improve their chances of finishing as runners-up.

“We knew that Black Leopards had nothing to lose so we told ourselves that we had to double our efforts,” he said.

“We knew that the title is already gone but we know that the only place that we can fight for is second place, so we are willing to fight for that.

“The last game of the season is not going to be easy but we’ll try play and well for three points and hopefully it will be enough.”

United will go into the match without the services of hard-as-nails midfielder Michael Morton, who will be unable to face his former club due to suspension.

When sides met earlier this season it was the Buccaneers who claimed all three points courtesy of a 2-1 win.