Maritzburg United have endured a difficult start to the 2020/21 season but the new man in charge Ernst Middendorp believes it is too soon to panic as there is still a long way to go and time to improve.
Middendorp, who recently replaced Eric Tinkler as head coach, is optimistic that the ‘Team of Choice’ can pick themselves up in 2021 after failing to register a win in the first half of the season.
Maritzburg are still at the bottom of the DStv Premiership table after eight matches with two points as they ended the year with a 2-2 draw against Stellenbosch FC at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
The former Kaizer Chiefs mentor declared that there was no serious cause for concern in the Maritzburg camp in spite of the poor start, which has seen them lose six of their eight league matches with two draws so far this season.
“We have to work on it, the season is still long I said it would not be finalised end of January or February. We have to work, we have to correct the mistakes we are making in defence and attack,” said Middendorp.
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) will have a short Christmas recess, with Maritzburg’s next encounter set for January 6, against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
“Some players probably need a little bit of a break. If I see some experienced players, in terms of freshness I think they are hanging a bit, but that’s normal in a season with an incredibly challenging year, 2020.
“For us it’s important to have this bigger frame, end of season mid of May,” added the German coach.
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