Usuthu players are confident history won’t favour the defending league champions in the second leg of the mouth-watering AmaZulu vs Orlando Pirates ABSA Premiership clash which will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday.
Having turned on the charm in five consecutive matches by staying unbeaten in four league encounters and gathering 30 points, Roger Palmgren’s men are adamant they won’t be haunted by the Sea Robbers’ record of 22 wins over them, compared to AmaZulu’s nine wins of the past since 1985.
With the stakes this high in-form midfielder Goodman Dlamini will hope the past 16 draws recorded in 47 meetings remain unaltered come the end of 90 minutes.
“In this match we have to continue from our own game plan, in working hard as a team and also not let the fact that they are defending champions get in our heads. With our supporters also behind us we know we have them to play for,” said the man nicknamed Deco.
Another interesting element is that the visitors have not been too convincing away from home while the Durban side has just started to get their house in order.
Last month AmaZulu won 2-0 at the iconic Moses Mabhida venue against Bidvest Wits. Before that they lost 1-0 against Mamelodi Sundowns in their first match for 2012.
Prior to Bucs beating Free State Stars 3-1 in their last league fixture which saw them move to position two on the log with 40 points they had drawn 0-0 away against Mamelodi Sundowns and lost 1-0 away to Santos FC.
New man in the team, Josef Lekata is looking to use this big fixture to swing into rhythm and perhaps get more goals to add to his first goal scored against Ajax Cape Town.
Lekata has likened this fixture with a semi-final clash of the 2008/09 season, which he played in against Moroka Swallows while still in the books of Black Leopards.
“I want to play and contribute to the team’s success. I know at the moment the team is doing well but when given a chance I’ll be ready and perhaps score more goals,” said the former FC Cape Town man.
Captain, Tapuwa Kapini is out with a shoulder injury which he picked up in the 4-2 away league win against the Capetonians. Zimbabwean international defender, Carlington Nyadombo will be another notable omission from the regular startling eleven due to suspension.
Spectators still looking to buy tickets are advised to make their way to Computicket outlets to avoid any disappointment as the stadium will close at 15:00pm on Wednesday.
AmaZulu vs Orlando Pirates FC
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Wednesday, 04 April 2012
Gates Open at 16:00pm