Fadlu Davids' second stint at Maritzburg United began with a 2-1 loss to TS Galaxy in their final DStv Premiership clash of the year.
New signing Wayde Jooste debuted just a day after joining Maritzburg, who had a new man in goal in Leander Ronaldo as Galaxy banked on veteran Bernard Parker and Djakaridja Junior Traore up top.
Also, the Team of Choice started a new chapter on the coaching front as the departure of John Maduka following a string of poor results led to the re-appointment of Fadlu Davids.
Galaxy looked to carry over their energized momentum from the tour to Europe during the recently concluded mid-season break and get their campaign up and running again.
Maritzburg started strong before the half-hour mark of the first half and threatened off the head by Alfred Ndengane from Keegan Ritchie’s free-kick, but missed target.
The Team of Choice were ahead in a rather fortuitous scenario when Traore slotted into his own net on 37 minutes from an attempted clearance off Ritchie’s free-kick.
However, the bulky forward redeemed himself a few moments later as he connected with a ball from Lindokuhle Mbatha and turned home.
There were no substitutions brought about from the respective outfits ahead of the second half as the contingent from the first spell carried the resumption.
Maritzburg managed to work an opening before the midway phase of the resumption through a free-kick in a promising area by Jooste, but to no avail.
The Rockets remained in shape nine minutes to the end and bagged the winner when Traore met Mike Sebelebele’s delivery and pounced home to complete his brace.
As full-time loomed, Maritzburg looked for the equaliser but the visiting team managed to run down the remainder of the match and registered victory.
Maritzburg United: Leaner, Makume, Ritchie, Ndengane, Graham, Human, Moloisane, Jooste, Palace, Kimvuidi, Macheke
Subs: Ndlovu, Hlongwa, Soukouna, Samu, Njoti, Bhengu, Van der Ross, Conco, Zondi
TS Galaxy: Buthelezi, Sanoka, Nyama, Msimango, Munyai, Sebelelele, Mbunjana, Parker, Aubaas, Mbatha, Traore.
Subs: Kolak, Vilakazi, Phohlongo, Hlongwane, Mlambo, M. Mahlangu, Mongae, Mere, S.Mahlangu
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