Local News 29.7.2016 04:40 pm

Tough opening fixtures for Maritzburg

Evans Rusike of United and Lorenzo Gordinho of Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Soweto. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Evans Rusike of United and Lorenzo Gordinho of Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Soweto. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Maritzburg United, who escaped relegation by a whisker, were dealt a heavy hand as they face Premiership giants Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in their first five games.

“We open with a game on the road to the Free State, against Bloem Celtic on the August 23,” said Maritzburg in a statement posted on their website.

“But it is next encounter against the defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns that will be more interesting. This game will be played on October 14 at Harry Gwala Stadium, with SuperSport United visiting us on October 21.

“We then face another interesting encounter against an ambitious Kaizer Chiefs away on October 24. It is a known fact that the Team of Choice never really struggles against such teams as Chiefs, Sundowns and Pirates, so these are expected to be real good encounters.”

“I am looking forward to the start.” That is all Maritzburg United coach, Ernst Middendorp could say after seeing his team’s fixtures for the upcoming Absa Premiership season.

poll

results

FS Stars 0-2 Chiefs
Arrows 1-1 SuperSport Utd
Baroka 1-4 Chippa Utd
Highlands 1-1 CT City

fixtures

Arrows vs Chippa Utd
FS Stars vs Maritzburg Utd
P Stars vs Celtic
Chiefs vs Ajax CT

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Kaizer Chiefs 5 10
2 Arrows 5 10
3 Orlando Pirates 4 8
4 Cape Town City 5 8
5 Polokwane City 5 8
6 Chippa United 3 7
7 Bidvest Wits 3 7
8 SuperSport United 5 6
9 Platinum Stars 4 5
10 Highlands Park 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 5 4
12 Baroka FC 5 4
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 5 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1