A loss to fellow First Division Coastal Stream title contenders Bay United and a draw to neighbouring Nathi Lions has seen the Team of Choice’s lead at the top of the log cut drastically.
However, former Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs player Sithole insists that the Pietermaritzburg side still believe they can win the league and subsequently win promotion back to the PSL.
“The spirit is still good in the camp, why shouldn’t it be, we are still top of the log,” he tells snl24.com/kickoff.
“We were the better team in the game against Lions last week (in the 1-1 draw) and I am sure we will be bringing the three points home with us,” adds Sithole.
Making the task more difficult for United, however, is the fact that they will be without top goal-scorer Fadlu Davids and influential former Durban Stars midfielder John Arwuah.
“I don’t think it will affect us too much. We have a strong squad with good players who can come in and do the job,” says Sithole as he attempts to downplay the loss of two key players.
Lions themselves still have a lot to play for – in third position, behind Bay United and Maritzburg, they are nine points off the pace, but with a game in hand they could still make a late charge for the title.
They will still have to come to terms however with the loss of key duo Christopher Makhoba and Phelelani Mpangase.
Today’s game takes place at the King Zwelithini Stadium with kick off scheduled for 15h00.First Division weekend fixtures:
Inland StreamSaturday:Witbank Spurs v Pretoria University FC AK v African Warriors
Sunday:Garankuwa United v Winners Park Dynamos v Black Aces
Coastal StreamFriday:Nathi Lions vs Maritzburg Utd
Saturday:WP Utd vs Durban Stars Ikapa vs FC CT Bay Utd vs Hanover