Maritzburg United's Richard Ofori respect for stuttering SuperSport United


SuperSport won the MTN8 and reached the CAF Confederation Cup final earlier in the season, but now find themselves on an eight-match winless run which leaves them two points above the drop zone - albeit with games in hand.

Matsatsantsa also just sold star striker Jeremy Brockie to neighbours Mamelodi Sundowns.

Ofori, though, expects a contest when his team hosts Eric Tinkler's side tonight at Harry Gwala Stadium (19h30).

“They are a very strong team, no doubt about that, they have very good players,” Ofori told his club's website.

“It’s not going to be an easy game. A lot of things can happen in football. Sometimes you can be one of the best teams, one of the best players or managers, but things do not always go the way you want.”

The Ghanaian is determined to help his outfit build on their two straight wins in 2018, which includes a 4-0 trouncing of Bloemfontein Celtic last time out.

“We started well in the league, we beat Sundowns and won against Ajax and Platinum Stars and things were looking good,” he said referring to United's start to the season.

“Now we have started the same way in the new year, but are determined this time to maintain that winning form. We need to take that confidence and have the courage and concentration to keep getting good results.

“What I can say is that we need to do our best to win the game because it’s very important for our club. We need to make sure we are focused and win on Wednesday.”

The 24-year-old also gave credit to coach Fadlu Davids for standing behind the team when the goals dried up during their lean times.

“I must give a big thanks to the coach and technical team because when we were playing and the goals were not coming, the way the coach stood up for us and helped us was great.

“It’s important because we have a very young team. The way he advises the players and encourages the guys, I love what he has done for us. As a young coach with not that much experience, it’s fantastic.

“I thank management and the players for the confidence they have shown in me. It’s not easy coming to a new country to play football but things are moving along very nicely for me here in Pietermaritzburg. I enjoy being part of this club, we’re like family, I love that about Maritzburg United. We are always do everything together, we are like brothers.”

The Team of Choice are seventh on the the Premiership table with 24 points from 16 matches - seven points shy of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, and seven ahead of SuperSport, who have played two fewer matches.

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