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Maritzburg United determined to wrestle bragging rights in KZN derby

Maritzburg United defender Kwanda Mngonyama says the Team of Choice want to turn around their recent poor form against Golden Arrows when the clubs meet in a KZN derby on Friday.

Arrows hold bragging rights after three-year unbeaten run

Arrows have won four of the last eight meetings between the sides while Maritzburg United are winless in the fixture for three years.

United have the added incentive of moving ahead of Arrows on the PSL table if they can notch a victory in the Friday fixture at Harry Gwala Stadium.

“We know that Arrows have been beating us for so many years. We want to end that by winning the game and get the maximum points against Arrows,” Mngonyama said.

Mariztburg United chasing a top-four finish in the PSL in 2020

Maritzburg United are currently eighth in the PSL but have targeted a top-four finish this season, something Mngonyama concedes will not be easy as the business end of the season gets underway.

“Each and every game is important. Every club is fighting for points because of different reasons. Every match is like a cup final for us. Other clubs want to avoid relegation while other are fighting for the championship. Other are fighting for top eight. There are no easy games in the second round,” Mngonyama added.

United appear to have been lifted by their Telkom Knockout Cup run that ended in heartbreak in the final in Durban in December and the defender says Eric Tinkler has the backing of the squad.

Maritzburg United have some of the best fans in the league

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Eric Tinkler, coach of Maritzburg United reacts during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg, on 22 December 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mngonyama credited the fans with helping the team find another gear after a slow start to the season.

“We want to stay consistent. We want to continue where we left off last year. We collected four points out of a possible six in our last two games. It was massive points for us. We have to keep working hard,” Mngonyama said.

“The supporters have been massive for us. Without them we are nothing. Their presence is huge for us. They should continue to come in their numbers and we won’t disappoint,” Mngonyama said of the United fans.

Arrows lost both their league matches in December and are on a three-match losing streak as they head to Sleepy Hollow. United bagged five points from three matches in December including a 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs in their final match of the year.

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