Maritzburg United appointed Fadlu Davids as the new head coach. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

DURBAN - Maritzburg United appointed Fadlu Davids as the new head coach, the club officially announced at a press conference at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday.

The Midlands outfit went for the obvious candidate after the interim coach impressed during two caretaker spells as the head tactician last term. 

Davids, 36, one of the youngest coaches in the Absa Premiership, was appointed on a two-year deal, with an option for a further year. 

The Capetonian last season stood in as head coach late during the first round when Ernst Middendorp resigned, and later when the latter’s replacement, Roger de Sa, also stepped down. 

Davids lost twice in all competitions during his 14 matches in charge and earned the Coach of the Month award from the PSL for April. 

He finished the campaign in seventh spot, taking Maritzburg to a top eight finish for only the second time in the club’s history. Davids has been given a mandate to steer Maritzburg to a top five league finish and take the side to one cup final. 

They will open their campaign in August with a MTN8 clash against league runners-up Mamelodi Sundowns. Davids will be assisted by his younger brother Maahier, while a second assistant coach is yet to be appointed.

IOL Sport

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