Johnson & Morton on Usuthu-Ubuntu Cup clash

Cavin Johnson

AmaZulu FC coach Cavin Johnson says they know what to expect when they face Ubuntu Cape Town on Friday.

The two teams will lock horns in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 encounter at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.

Usuthu defeated National First Division (NFD) side Mthatha Bucks 3-0 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the Last 32 encounter which was played in Durban last month.

AmaZulu will now face another strong NFD side in Ubuntu, who are undefeated in their last four competitive matches – recording three wins and one draw.

“We are mindful of the last time we played this competition. I think we took our foot of the pedal and they almost shocked us,” Johnson said.

“We have watched them a few times, maybe three or four times. We are aware that their current American coach has just got his work permit and he will probably be on the bench for the first time. Maybe with him on the bench they could be better or they could be worse.

“This team has had good results in their last two of three games but you cant really judge them on that because of the under-23 rule. When you play the Nedbank, all those rules go out the window,” he added.

“We have done our homework. Our players are happy at training and we will be ready for the match.”

Meanwhile, AmaZulu midfielder Michael Morton says they cannot afford to underestimate Ubuntu, who defeated Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Polokwane City 3-2 in extra-time in the Last 32 clash in Cape Town last month.

“In my experience, the NFD teams are tough and more resilient than other teams that you face in the Nedbank Cup. It is never easy against NFD teams. So, we are aware of the threat that Ubuntu pose,” Morton said.

“It does not matter how you get through to the next round. It does not matter how the game looks like or what kind of football you are playing. As a long as you advance to the next round. That’s all that matters.

“A Cup run is very nice for the club. It is important for the club to do well in Cup competitions. So, we will do our best against Ubuntu. The league is our main priority, but we will give it a good go on Friday,” the midfield maestro added.

Kick-off between AmaZulu and Ubuntu is at 20h00.

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