Maritzburg United coach, Eric Tinkler, is pleased that for the first time in months his side is actually in charge of their destiny.

Tinkler’s side moved three points clear at the top of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) promotion play-offs log with a 2-0 win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in Thohoyandou on Wednesday.

United have scored three goals and kept two clean sheets in as many play-off matches. Tinkler says now they will watch the clash between TTM and Royal Eagles on Saturday, which will dictate what to do in their penultimate encounter.

The former Orlando Pirates mentor adds that nine points should be enough for the team of choice to retain their premiership status.

Tinkler is also happy to see everyone pulling their weight in their quest to stay in top flight soccer.

United’s last two matches of the play-offs campaign are in KwaZulu-Natal, away at Eagles next Wednesday and at home to TTM on June 1st.

The 48-year-old hopes the final encounter in their backyard will be a celebratory one. – Report by Lethabo Kganyago