AmaZulu players garnering for double over rivals


Thembela Sikhakhane

Usuthu players will walk into Sunday’s Absa Premiership fixture against bitter rivals Lamontville Golden Arrows with nothing but maximum points on the agenda. The match will be played at Sugar Xulu Stadium in Clermont at 15:00.

Usuthu go into the fixture very much certain that their 2-0 first round win Umlazi win is but a distant memory, according to goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha and right-back Thembela Sikhakhane.

“The derby is very important to us. I think playing in the derby, you’re playing for bragging rights because both us are from Durban and we want to rule Durban, because the first time around we won it, although that is in the past.”

“Now if we can do it again it would mean that this season, we’ve ruled Durban, regardless of where they are and where we are on the log.”

“However, it is a game just like any other game, but it is a very important game for us because we want to move from the bottom. For us to win on Sunday and win on a derby would mean a lot and that we move from where we are,” said Mbatha.

Tough as nails right-back Thembela Sikhakhane believes Usuthu have got the goods to rebound from their narrow 1-0 defeat to Chippa United on the weekend.

Although he was not part of the squad against United, the 26-year-old Ulundi born man says they’ve addressed some of the areas that needed improving as a team.

“I think the biggest lesson we as a team have learnt from the past two games is that we shouldn’t take other teams lightly. We should give every team the respect that they deserve whether they are at the bottom half of the log standings or at the top.”

“The Durban derby is going to be a tough game, Golden Arrows are not playing at home to lose , they’ll be playing to win , we will need to go there with a positive mentality and we need to give our all on the field of play,’’ Sikhakhane said.

Usuthu lie 11th on the log and have 26 points with 25 matches played, while Golden Arrows are 9th on the log with 31 points in as many games.

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