‘Team of Choice’ midfielder Daylon Claasen has expressed renewed confidence in his team’s abilities as they head into Tuesday’s DStv Premiership clash against Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium.
The reason for his positive outlook lies in the fact that Maritzburg United managed to earn a point against Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns in their previous game at Harry Gwala Stadium.
And with more than a full week of training since their last match, Maritzburg are well prepared and ready to give their all to secure a positive result against Swallows, who have made a bright start to the season with three wins and three draws in their six matches, occupying second spot on the league table.
“We want to take this point against Sundowns and run with it,” said Claasen.
“The players are taking well to coach [Ernst] Middendorp, you can see the mood in the camp everyone is smiling.
“Obviously with a new coach it’s an adjustment, but everyone is adjusting and taking it in well.”
The 30-year-old midfield playmaker also appealed to the ‘Blue Army’ to keep getting behind the team.
“Keep having faith in us and supporting us. As you know we didn’t start off on a good note. But I truly believe things will change, just have faith and please keep supporting,” he said.
Meanwhile, assistant coach Delron Buckley has provided some insight as to how training has been going.
“It’s given the players self-confidence mentally, for the next game we have against Swallows,” said Buckley.
“In the training sessions which coach Ernst has been implementing. It’s very intensive – getting the players to get stuck into tackles, making them work hard, making them vigilant and quick, to make decisions when they receive the ball which is working out very well.”
Instrumental midfielder Keagan Buchanan will miss the Swallows game due to suspension after accumulating four yellow cards this season.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
all pictures courtesy of Maritzburg United