DURBAN – Former Maritzburg United goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters believes that the Team of Choice stand a real looking probability in opposition to the mighty Kaizer Chiefs in their MTN8 quarter-final conflict on Sunday afternoon.
“It should be an even game. With MTN games, it normally comes down to the teams that fade in the last half-hour because of fitness. That is not going to be a problem this year because last season was concluded recently,” mentioned the 38-year-old Walters.
The recreation will mark four-time Premier Soccer League winner Gavin Hunt’s first aggressive recreation in cost of the Glamour Boys. The 56-year-old took cost of Chiefs following the dissolution of his former membership Bidvest Wits on the finish of final season.
Whilst Chiefs will go into the competition as sturdy favourites, Walters alluded to the truth that upsets are sure to occur in each aggressive soccer event.
“Maritzburg will have a certain amount of momentum due to coach Eric Tinkler, his style and philosophy. They will be up against a Chiefs side who will be in transition due to the appointment of Hunt, who has a totally different style of Middendorp.
“It would take those players time to adapt to the new style,” mentioned Walters, who was Bafana Bafana’s third alternative goalkeeper in the 2010 World Cup.
Walters did warning that Maritzburg might be up in opposition to a much less predictable Chiefs facet.
“The downside for Maritzburg is that they won’t be having to play the normal Chiefs side which has a lot of bodies up front, both full-backs overlapping and being isolated with the two central defenders.”
Meanwhile, Maritzburg United goalkeeper Richard Ofori has been linked with a transfer away from the membership. Since becoming a member of the KZN giants in 2018, the 19-time capped Ghana worldwide has gone on to determine himself as one of many high shot-stoppers in the PSL.
Walters believes that a lack of the 26-year-old could be a blow to Maritzburg.
“Losing a goalkeeper of his calibre and presence is going to be a big blow. Who are they going to bring in? He is the captain of the team and has been part of the spine.
“I’m hoping that they could bring in someone close to his calibre.”
Like Chiefs, there are more likely to even be adjustments to the best way Maritzburg United play this season.
The membership has recruited Kaizer Chiefs legend Rowen Fernandez as its new goalkeeper coach while former Bafana Bafana attacker Delron Buckley has been appointed as assistant coach to Tinkler.