Maritzburg United will have to change their focus to a tough match against wounded Orlando Pirates in the Dstv Premiership at Orlando Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Team of Choice were meant to have a two-week break with their next match set for April 23 against Baroka FC. But the elimination of Pirates in the Nedbank Cup meant they can play on Sunday and the PSL scheduled their match with Maritzburg.
Midfielder Travis Graham told FARPost that they expected the possibility of playing this weekend and they are ready for the Buccaneers.
“We were prepared for something like this to happen because we do have a couple of games to catch up. So the technical team has instilled in the training sessions that keep us on our toes just to make sure that we are 100% ready if something like this does come up, so the guys are ready for the next match,” said Graham.
With the intensity and demands of the match they will play, the Maritzburg side will have to be at their best if they are to stand a chance against a Pirates team that has been busy in three competitions, until they were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup.
“Orlando Pirates is a big brand, well known all over the world so we have to give our respect for the history of the club, but for us each game is really important,” he continued.
“I know the guys are really motivated to give 100%, so we are just motivated to get maximum points on Sunday.
“The intensity has been high in the training sessions, everyone has been putting in the hard work so things are looking good for our side.
“We just need a couple of more tactical sessions for the next game, other than that the guys have been working really hard and hopefully we can put this into good results come match day,” added Graham.
“We do understand and realize that we are still at the bottom of the table, so by getting maximum points in our catch up games will be a good boost, so we have that at the back of our minds I know the guys are really motivated to keep this form going,” concluded Graham.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter