Johnson anticipates thriller against Pirates

AmaZulu are primed and ready for the visit of Orlando Pirates to the King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Last season the two sides played to an entertaining one-all score-line with Augustine Mulenga on target for the visitors and Emiliano Tade netting for Cavin Johnson’s side.

Both teams have endured a tough start to the new season with Usuthu yet to pick up a point while the Sea Robbers have lost their last three matches in all competitions.

Despite their poor form, Johnson says playing last season’s Absa Premiership runners-up still presents a massive challenge.

“There is never a right time to play anyone. Everyone prepares to win. We have to fight. We expect to play a fighting team, a running team and one that is very technical,” Johnson told the Durban press on Monday morning.

In the aftermath of Usuthu’s disappointing one-nil defeat away to Polokwane City, Johnson says his team have reflected and put in the hard yards at training.

“We have not started on a good note, we have played good football but we have not got the results,” Johnson said.

“The players have done really well; we know it’s going to be a tough game tomorrow but it is our home game and we have to be confident.”

Striker, Lehlohonolo Majoro is the only injury doubt for the match after he picked up a knock against Rise and Shine. Michael Morton continues to recover from a pre-season injury.

Kick-off at the King Zwelithini Stadium is at 19:30. Tickets are still available for the match at a cost of R50 at TicketPro and Spar Outlets and R60 at the gates.

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