Maritzburg United head coach Ernst Middendorp believes the 2-1 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday at Harry Gwala Stadium was a step in the right direction after a slow and poor start to the season.
It was Maritzburg’s first win of the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season after nine matches, courtesy of a brace from Thabiso Kutumela, and Middendorp says he wants to see confidence and self-belief returning to the camp.
“This is just a mindset, where you need three points. It’s a learning process in the last three games (2-2 vs Mamelodi Sundowns, 0-2 vs Swallows FC, and 2-2 vs Stellenbosch),” said the German tactician.
“The team is prepared for fighting, for coming back to the level of how they can play. But in the moment, we need to do it with more confidence, with more self-esteem from everybody’s position.”
The KwaZulu-Natal side in 15th place is just four points adrift of the team in eighth spot, AmaZulu.
“It’s not just for me, but the entire Maritzburg United institution,” Middendorp said after the game.
“The fans, the supporters were waiting for it and it was three points needed, beginning of the year, first game – to just get connected to the rest of the pack. That is crucial for now.
“You can see how we struggled to manage the game, despite leading 2-0. It has something to do with confidence, nothing to do with skills or with the level of quality in the team,” he concluded.
Next up for Middendorp and ‘The Team of Choice’ is a DStv Premiership encounter against Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.
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By FARPost Reporter
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