Impressive Maritzburg Last Line of defense


From a team that conceded 32 goals last season, Maritzburg United have gone on to achieving a second-best defensive record halfway through the Absa Premiership this season.  

The Team of Choice have conceded just 10 goals in their 14 games, 2 more than Bidvest Wits who have let in 8 but have played 3 games less.  

A man who has worked wonders in the Eric Tinkler technical team is former FC Porto Academy Goalkeeper coach Ricardo Concalves.

Concalves joined United at the beginning of the season to work with the likes of Ghanaian international Richard Ofori and Bongani Mpandle.  

The 38-year-old’s impact has also been evident during the Telkom Knockout journey where United won 2 penalty shot-outs in the Last 16 and the quarterfinals.  

“In my opinion here in South Africa goalkeepers need to understand the moments of the game more so basically our work here is how our keepers can work in a team and also as individuals, you understand? So, we try and work on things like decision making a lot,” Concalves told  

“I have the best keepers to work with, for example (Richard) Ofori has all the qualities to play overseas but of course he must continue to learn and improve. I have Bongani (Mpandle) who is another good goalkeeper and he can play at any team in South Africa. I have Jethren (Barr) who is still young but a very good potential to play.”

The Portugal-born keeper coach also worked at Golden Arrows in 2018 and was influential in Nkosingiphile Gumede’s growth as a keeper.

Maritzburg will take on Golden Arrows in the KwaZulu Natal derby tonight at 20:00 

By Ofhani Munyai  

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