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Maritzburg United goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters says side must learn to hold onto a lead

Maritzburg United have made a wonderful start to the Absa Premiership campaign and find themselves among the early-season pacesetters.

Two wins and two draws from their opening four games is a far cry from the relegation struggles of the past two seasons, but the club showed good intent in the recently transfer window and looks to have bought well.

The acquisitions of experienced stars such as former Bafana Bafana winger Delron Buckley, Kaizer Chiefs playmaker Mthokozisi Yende, midfielder Orlando Smeekes, Orlando Pirates left-back Reuben Cloete and Ghana centre-back Mohammed Awal have all helped to settle a squad that had showed promise last year, but was let down by errors at crucial times.

But club captain and number one goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters says there is still room for improvement and believes his side still need to show more composure when in the lead.

“It's a sickness that we have in our team where we're scoring goals, then sitting back a bit and then panicking,” Walters says.

"The vital point is the five or 10 minute period after you score a goal and we have to work on some tactics to try and slow the game down and get a little bit more composure, because you know a team is going to come at you.”

Walters was referring to the 1-1 draw with Free State Stars last Saturday when Maritzburg took the lead on 70 minutes through Mario Booysen, but were pegged back by a goal five minutes later through Stars’ Dove Wome.

He will hope the lesson has been learnt for the away trip to Black Leopards in United’s next Absa Premiership encounter on Tuesday.