Maritzburg United will be in search of maximum points when they host Moroka Swallows in an Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday, kick-off at 8pm.
The Team of Choice go into this clash on the back of four consecutive draws, the latest being Tuesday’s 0-0 stalemate away at SuperSport United.
Nonetheless, defender Mario Booysen says his side were satisfied to get a point on the road and will now look to consolidate their position with an even better home result.
“Supersport are never easy to beat, especially at home, we had to fight hard for each and we rode our luck at times, so a draw was not a bad result for us,” said Booysen.
“We would’ve liked to get all three points but we also have to respect the opposition and at this point every single point is crucial for every team.”
Ernst Middendorp’s side are currently placed 6th place on the log standings with 35 points from 26 matches and Booysen is aware that their next clash against Swallows will be crucial.
“Both teams want to finish in the top eight and for me this weekend can change the complexion of the log; it’s going to be a big game for both sides,” he said.
“It’s going to be a tough game because they also want to win and they are a very strong side with a lot of experience.
“We’re expecting a tough encounter but we’re going to be positive, minimize our mistakes and try to capitalise on the chances that we’ll create.”
The Dube Birds on the other hand will be anxious to bounce back to winning ways after squandering a lead before losing 3-1 to Kaizer Chiefs in their last encounter, their second consecutive defeat.
“It’s been back to work as usual, there’s not much to be done about the game we lost against Chiefs now,” said captain Lefa Tsutsulupa.
“We were disappointed with the result but I think we played well and now it’s time to pick ourselves up.”
Zeca Marques men are currently sitting in10th place with 32 points from 26 matches and the hardworking midfielder says they will give their all to get a positive result on Friday.
“We need to get the points, we’re trying to get into the top eight and although we’ll be playing away from home, we have to push for a win,” he said.
“Maritzburg are a good side, they can play and defensively they are also strong, so we will come prepared for a tough challenge.
“That said, I think we’re going to come up with a plan that’s going to give us points, but most importantly, we have to remain focused throughout the match.”
When the two sides met earlier this season, Cuthbert Malajila and Terrance Mandaza were on target for Maritzburg as they registered a 3-1 win and the Zimbabwean duo are expected to continue causing problems for the Birds.