Palmer keeps Maritzburg on top

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Playing in the highly competitive First Division Coastal Stream, Maritzburg United have gotten their season off to a flyer, accumulating 28 out of a possible 36 points.

While Davids, a former First Division top goal-scorer with Cape Town side Vasco da Gama, has himself been a vital part of the team’s success with seven goals this season (despite missing several games through injury), he is modest in his own achievements, preferring to credit Palmer.

“Ian is a great coach and I believe management should do everything they can to keep him at the club. This is probably the first time that Maritzburg have topped the log in any division and he needs to be appreciated and kept at the club at all costs,” Davids explains to snl24.com/kickoff.

“He has a bit of everything – he is a player’s coach in that he is a former player himself and he makes himself very approachable, while he is really on top of things technically. I believe Ian is the man to take us back to the Premiership and keep us there,” adds the former Silver Stars (now Platinum Stars) striker.

Having tasted PSL action with Stars, the Cape Town born marksman is hoping to return to the top flight with The Team of Choice.

“I did okay at Stars, but found things tough with the system they played. The coach, Owen da Gama, expected the strikers to come back and pick up a man, and this made it difficult to be in the right positions to score goals.

“I scored a few goals though for United when I joined them towards the end of last season and I know I have what it takes to make my mark in the Premiership,” he points out.

Along with Maritzburg, Ikapa Sporting and Bay United have established themselves as early title contenders, but Davids believes it is the team from Port Elizabeth that will pose the biggest threat.

“It is very difficult to go and get points at Bay United. They have good support, and the conditions there are always tough – it is usually windy and there pitch is very bumpy,” he says.