Maritzburg United captain Ashley Hartog is looking for more concentration from his players as the struggling Team of Choice try to get out of the early season hole they have dug for themselves.
The KwaZulu-Natal club, top eight finishers last season, find themselves scrapping for their lives this term. They are still searching for a first win of the campaign after six games (five Absa Premiership and one MTN8) and currently occupy last place on the league table.
Rookie coach Mandla Ncikazi, who was appointed as Steve Komphela’s successor during the off season, has already been replaced by veteran Clive Barker.
The former Bafana Bafana boss watched the team hammered 4-1 at Mpumalanga Black Aces over the weekend and will oversee a first home game this Friday when United face Jomo Cosmos in the Telkom Knockout.
The club has not been completely poor; they have taken the lead in several matches this season, before conceding soft second-half goals that have proved costly.
And Hartog wants to see a quick improvement.
“We’re giving goals away far too easily and that’s a concern,” he said. “But on the other side, we’ve been outplaying teams and just concede goals.
“It’s not like we’re not in the game, we are and teams are not killing us on the field. So we need to concentrate more and focus, try to turn the tables.”
The seasoned midfielder is still very upbeat over their prospects this season.
“I think we can still get out of this situation,” Hartog added. “We have to remain positive and look at the positives.
“If you look at the overall season, it’s still very early days, so there is hope. We need to start turning things around as soon as possible.”