Alan Clark forecasts goal fest in Durban Derby


KZN’s football loving public will be treated to Durban’s thrilling footballing offering this weekend as AmaZulu FC plays host to city rivals Lamontville Golden Arrows on 22 December at King Zwelithini Stadium in the Absa Premiership.

The match billed for 15:30 kick-off at the green and white donning club’s Umlazi fortress has a plethora of entertainment lined up for the spectators beginning with a joint promotion with Durban Tourism on 19 December at Durban’s popular mall, The Workshop Amphitheatre from 3-5pm.

Usuthu assistant coach Alan Clark has predicted a goal fest as his side look to stretch their unbeaten run in Umlazi.

“Well firstly we will be at home, where we’ve enjoyed some strong performances and results, so that in its self gives us all a boost and a lift.”

“Like always we will assess the opposition and try and pick the team that gives us the best chance to win the game.

“This fixture always produces goals and excitement, so its an incredible derby to be involved in. Our supporters have been great and they are a massive part of why our home form has been so good,” said Clark.

Off the field, local supporters will get a chance to be part of creating an exciting atmosphere fitting for a derby as Absa will paint the city red with engaging activities to call on all soccer fans to get behind the ‘Bring Your Voice’ campaign and celebrate their passion of the game, from Wednesday the 19th to Friday, 21st December.

Local fans will stand a chance to win Absa Red Zone tickets for the match at the three roadshows that will take place at The Workshop (3pm – 5pm) on Wednesday, then at Mega City Mall in Umlazi on Thursday (1pm – 4pm) and at Eyadini on Friday (3pm – 5pm).

There will also be an opportunity for fans to take a photo with former players from both teams, Belux Bukasa Kasongo and Kagisho Dikgacoi, and the Absa Premiership trophy, as well as practice their penalty kicking skills through a thrilling Kick For A Million activation.

Last season’s result saw Usuthu winning the second leg encounter 2-1 at King Zwelithini while Abafana Bes’thende won 4-1 in the first round in KwaMashu.

Cavin Johnson’s second in command believes the Usuthu faith will play a key factor towards how strong a force Usuthu will remain throughout the 90 minutes on the day.

“Their constant singing has pushed the team over the line in our fixtures at home and I m sure they will come out in their numbers come Saturday and take the team to an even better level. I’m confident that King Zwelithini will be AmaZulu Green with Support!” said Clark.

Absa Regional Executive for Physical Channels, Rajiv Singh said ahead of the week: “As Absa, we are continuing to positively impact local soccer in South Africa. Through competitions such as the Kick for a Million, we are investing in the fans and giving them a reason to believe in greater possibilities. We look forward to a highly entertaining Durban Derby.”

All match tickets are R40 at TicketPro outlets and at Spar stores. Durban’s finest entertainers and artists will all the cards during the promotions and at the match right up until kick-off. Gates will open at 11am.

Fans can join in on the fun with #DBNDerbyWeekend across all social media platforms. Spectators must also look out for our exciting competition on Ukhozi FM throughout the week.

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