Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler knows the value of confidence and momentum. His team have proved their mettle in recent weeks and are undefeated in their last six league outings.

After fighting back to claim a two-all draw against SuperSport United in Pretoria, the Team of Choice face a resurgent Chippa United on Saturday evening.

Tinkler says he has not had much time work with his players in training this week but the fact that he has no major injury concerns ahead of the clash is a boost.

With 22 points to their name after 16 games, United have created a solid platform to chase a top-eight finish.

That would be a massive leap for the club who had to fight their way out of the play-off’s last season to remain in top-flight football.

Tinkler says his team is aware of what is expected of them and what they need to do to achieve their targets. He says their main priority now is to remain focused.

After finishing as runner-up in the Telkom Knock-out, United now have their sight set on a big run in the Nedbank Cup.

The beaten finalists from 2018 have been drawn against Stellenbosch FC away from home in the round of 32.

Tinkler says his side is excited to be involved in cup football again but admits they will need to perform a balanced juggling along with their league commitments.

– Report by Thahir Asmal