Maritzburg defender eager to taste silverware

Maritzburg - Maritzburg United defender Daniel Morgan has won a lot of trophies with almost every team that he has played for before, now he is looking to do the same with the Team of Choice.

The New Zealand-born Morgan joined United in July and seems to be cementing his place in the side’s starting line-up.

The Kiwi has started six of seven matches that have been played by Eric Tinkler’s men in the Absa Premiership since the beginning of the season.

The 28-year-old left-footed player, who can also slot in the midfield, only missed the opening game against Golden Arrows as he was still waiting for his work permit.

Morgan will be aiming to make his Telkom Knockout debut on Friday against Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala Stadium, a cup that he has set his sights on as he looks for the first trophy in South Africa.

The Auckland-born lad believes United, who have not won a cup competition or league title before, actually have enough manpower this season to win some silverware.

"I'm definitely looking to win a trophy with Maritzburg United," said Morgan.

"We can win any cup competition because we've got tons of good players in this team, from back to front. The whole squad is very talented and balanced."

Back home, Morgan enjoyed huge success, with at least eight trophies to his name.

He has won the New Zealand Premiership title twice - with Auckland City FC last year and in 2013 in the colours of Waitakere United.

In 2011 he won the OFC Champions League with City, who he also won three NZL Minor Championships with.

Morgan also won the Minor Championship and ASB Charity Cup with Waitakere.

Maritzburg came close to winning their maiden trophy in the Premier Soccer League in the form of Nedbank Cup in 2018 but went down 1-0 to Free State Stars in the final.

Morgan doesn’t think that splitting their focus between the league and cup matches might cause troubles for the team that survived relegation in the PSL relegation/promotional play-offs in the previous campaign.

"I think we can go very far in the cup and also do well in the league, so any trophy is good for us and I love winning trophies. I’m definitely looking to win any trophy that we can win," said Morgan.

Lucky for United, they have Tinkler who has won two trophies as a coach. The former Bafana Bafana midfield maestro led Cape Town City to a Telkom Knockout title after less than six months of the club’s existence in 2016.

A year later, Tinkler won the MTN8 with SuperSport United and has outlined his ambitions to lead Maritzburg to their first title.

FIXTURES:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

Maritzburg United v Bidvest Wits - 20:00 (Harry Gwala Stadium)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs - 15:00 (Cape Town Stadium)

Golden Arrows v Polokwane City - 15:00 (Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium)

Orlando Pirates v Stellenbosch FC – 18:00 (Orlando Stadium)

SuperSport United v Baroka FC – 20:15 (Lucas Moripe Stadium)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

Mamelodi Sundowns v Amazulu – 15:00 (Lucas Moripe Stadium)

Highlands Park v Black Leopards – 15:00 (Makhulong Stadium)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22

Chippa United v Bloemfontein Celtic - 19:30 (Sisa Madukashe Stadium)