Maritzburg Boost Survival Hopes With Davids' First Win

Amadou Soukouna
Amadou Soukouna

Maritzburg United moved off the foot of the DStv Premiership table after defeating Marumo Gallants 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

DStv Premiership

Result: Marumo Gallants 0-1 Maritzburg United

Date: 07 January 2023

Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium

The Team of Choice handed a debut to defender Rafiq de Goede who signed for the club this week, while Friday Samu was given a start upfront for the visitors.

Gallants, meanwhile, recalled Joseph Malongoane and Sibusiso Sibeko following the midweek loss to Sekhukhune United, with Lesedi Nku and Ranga Chivaviro dropping to the bench.

Fadlu Davids' troops were desperate to get back on the winning trail after entering the match winless in their last seven matches, while Gallants lost their last two outings.

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The first half, however, would not provide any goals although Maritzburg goalkeeper Renaldo Learner was forced into a fine save from Khiba's effort from distance.

Davids looked to his bench for reinforcements just before the hour mark, with Samu making for Amadou Soukouna, while Cheick Soumaro and Chivaviro were introduced for Gallants.

With the game seemingly headed for a draw, Maritzburg were gifted the opening goal with 11 minutes to play as Tshepo Gumede put the ball through his own net.

Maritzburg were able to see out the remaining stages to secure their first in Davids' second stint in charge, while Gallants drop to the foot of the table.

Here's how they lined up:

Marumo Gallants: 36. Arubi, 30. Kumalo, 29. Gumede, 12. Khiba, 5. Mabotja, 23. Mdlinzo, 10. Ngema, 15. Mphambaniso, 11. Otladisa, 21. Molagoane, 50. Sibeko.

Subs: 16. Watenga, 24. Kgoetyane, 34. Pheko, 42. Yidah, 32. Makudubela, 6. Soumaro, 31. Maraisane, 8. Chivaviro, 17. Mohomi.

Maritzburg United: 32. Leaner, 5. Makume, 3. De Goede, 24. Bhengu, 6. Graham, 10. Human, 23. Moloisane, 45. Jooste, 28. Palace, 26. Kimvuidi, 20. Samu

Subs: 31. Ndlovu, 4. Hlongwa, 11. Soukouna, 9. Macheke, 12. Njoti, 27. Ndengane, 7. Van der Ross, 17. Conco, 34. Bennett

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