Farook Kadodia confident Maritzburg can ’put things right’
DURBAN - Maritzburg United chairperson Farook Kadodia has said that the club is making efforts to “put things right.” The Team of Choice has endured a poor start to the season after having lost their opening four games in all competitions, which includes three DSTV Premiership defeats.
“As a brand, we have to play good football and get results. We just don’t want to react to tough times. We need to get points early. We have five games before Christmas and we will make sure that players who were battling for work permits will be available on Saturday against Black Leopards. I am confident that we will turn things around,” he said.
One of the reasons cited for Maritzburg’s struggles so far this season has been the loss of former goalkeeper Richard Ofori, widely regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the DSTV Premiership to Orlando Pirates.
“It is quite difficult to get the right guy to replace him. I think that once Sebastian Mwange settles, he will be an adequate replacement for Ofori. The new signings outweigh the players that we lost,” said Kadodia.
Another departure which Maritzburg saw recently was that of former assistant coach Vincent Kombola. The club has since brought in former player and Bafana Bafana star Delron Buckley as second assistant coach to Eric Tinkler.
“Vincent helped to keep the fire burning in the change room. Delron Buckley has come into the team. Once Delron is given more freedom and support, the void left by the departure of Vincent will be taken care of,” he added.
Maritzburg will return to action on Saturday against bottom of the table Black Leopards in Limpopo. It will be a good opportunity for Tinkler’s side to register their first points of the season as Leopards have lost their opening three games of the season.
One of the positives that Tinkler’s side can take from the international break is that key players Rushine De Reuck and Thabiso Kutumela were in the Bafana Bafana squad which contested a double header against São Tomé and Príncipe over the past week.
Though the duo has not yet established themselves as first-team regulars for the national side, they will be motivated to continue winning selection.