We miss Friday nights – Tlolane

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For the past three years, every team that has visited Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on a Friday night walked away empty handed or with a single point.

Maritzburg’s attacking midfielder Tebogo Tlolane admits that they greatly miss the ‘Blue Army’ and the atmosphere they create on Friday nights.

“For the Blue Army, they must know that we miss them as much as they miss us,” said Tloane, who is on loan from Orlando Pirates until the end of the season.

The Blue Army. Picture courtesy of Mariztbug United.

“I chat with the other players and we talk about how much we miss Friday nights [home games at the Harry Gwala Stadium],” added Tlolane.

Fifth on the Absa Premiership log standings with 10 wins and 39 points from 24 games, Maritzburg have proven to be a roaring success this season due to their incredible home record on Friday nights.

The last time ‘The Team of Choice’ tasted defeat at Harry Gwala Stadium on a Friday night was back in 2017 September 27, when they suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Free State Stars.

Eric Tinkler’s men are unbeaten at home, specifically on a Friday night in 20 games in all competitions.

Like many other Sport Leagues and activities across the globe, the PSL has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and South Africa is currently one week into a 21-day lockdown as the government tries to flatten the curve.

“I find myself kicking the ball every day, just imagining myself training or playing. It feels like a lot of emptiness. But its’ things which you can’t control. Hopefully it can get sorted out soon,” said the 25-year-old Tlolane. Picture courtesy of Maritzburg United. 

“It’s just about trying to maintain some of the fitness and a bit of shape. Even if it’s not enough, it’s better than just sitting around.”

The former Jomo Cosmos and Chippa United midfielder has made a very bright start at the KwaZulu-Natal side with two assists and a goal in his seven games.

“Ultimately though, everyone has to make a sacrifice for the greater good. The only way we will be able to deal with this virus is to follow the instructions of the government. There’s protocol in place and we must follow it to try and get things back to normal.

“We were in a very good spell as a team. “The momentum was good. It’s something you can’t describe [the lockdown].” – Tlolane. Picture courtesy of Mariztburg United. 
“The more we are naive to a situation, the more it will spread. It’s about finding that place in your heart where you understand that more lives could be harmed when one person goes out. It’s very important to take government advice. It’s important to understand that this is out of our control,” he said.

“And to the rest of the football fraternity, you realise how much you love football when you can’t watch or play it. The only way we can turn things around is to stay together and hopefully, we can be back on the pitch soon,” concluded Tlolane.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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