By THABISILE MASIMULA
TELKOM Knockout semi-finalist Maritzburg United are hopeful that they will rise to the ocassion when they take on Orlando Pirates on Friday, November 26.
Ironically, the KwaZulu-Natal side welcome Pirates at Harry Gwala Stadium, the venue which the Premier Soccer League denied to use when they face the mighty Buccaneers during last weekend’s Telkom Knockout semi-final, and their midfielder Kurt Lentjies said he is looking forward for his club to do well in this match.
Not only did the decision to take the match to Chatsworth angered United supporters, management, but even head coach, Ernst Middendorp who threatened to boycott the match as it was disadvantaging their fans.
“Football is full of surprises, and after losing to Pirates, we have another chance soon to show we can beat them. I don’t think we disappointed ourselves with the way we played but just we could not finish,” said Lentjies who admitted that they were disadvantaged during the Telkom Knockout.
United had done well to in the competition which saw them beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 on their way to the semi-finals.
With this match taking place at their own back-yard, Harry Gwala as opposed to Chatworth where they were forced to play Pirates in cup match, Lentjies believe that this will count in their favour.
“Playing at our home makes a big difference. We know the field, it’s our home and most importantly we know our fans will fill it. We won’t disappoint them this time,” he said
“Chatsworth is not our home and we let that get to us. But I think we played well and should have scored early on to settle down, but it did not happen and they got the goals.” added Lentjies.
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