The Team of Choice host Abafana bes'Thende at 3pm on Saturday in the KwaZulu-Natal capital, with plenty on the line for both clubs in the final league match of the 2017/18 Absa Premiership season.
"This is our final game at the Harry Gwala Stadium and we are hoping our supporters will again come out in their numbers – they are the reason for our success this season, thanks to the wonderful atmosphere they create at the stadium," said coach Fadlu.
“They understand the football we play. The intricate system, the intricate style we play, our fans are definitely the most educated fans in the league and we are proud of the Maritzburg United supporters.
“They’ve supported us throughout all the games and that is why we have the best-ever record at Harry Gwala in the club’s history, because of them.
“They showed it against Sundowns, when we had 70 percent of the stands filled with Maritzburg supporters, they have really shown the level of support we have here, and we hope to reward them with a win on Saturday.
“What we have achieved, fourth position minimum, is thanks to them, and we need them for the final push. We want to make them proud again and we want them to help us to achieve the third position, and then help us to win the Nedbank Cup final when we travel to Cape Town.
It's a derby that nobody wants to lose, Arrows are fighting to keep their seventh position, we are fighting to try jump into third position. Both sides are fighting for the pride of KZN.”
The Team of Choice are two points behind third placed Kaizer Chiefs, who are away at Ajax Cape Town in their final Absa Premiership game, with the derby clash coming days after the club was rocked by the passing away of rising young star, Luyanda Ntshangase.
The 21-year-old lost his long fight to try and recover from being struck by lightning on March 01, 2018. He passed on last Friday, with his funeral set to be held on Thursday. Ntshangase is the second promising young Maritzburg talent to lose his life this season after Mlondi Dlamini was killed in a car accident last October.
"Of course the players are devastated being the second player we've lost in the season," coach Fadlu added. "But we want the fans to come out and help us get through in this time of need."
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