AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson says they will have to come with their A-game when they face Mamelodi Sundowns.
Usuthu will host the Brazilians in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Friday
Sundowns, who were beaten 2-1 by AmaZulu in the first round encounter in Tshwane last October, are sitting at the top of the league standings.
“Sundowns is a quality team and that’s why we have to come with our A-game and make sure that we keep applying pressure for the full 90 minutes. We have to stick to our game plan if we are to beat them,” Johnson said.
“We want to make King Zwelithini Stadium a fortress and we are still building. It will be no different against Sundowns. We have to be mindful of Sundowns because they are a quality team. They are the best team in Africa at the moment,” the 59-year-old tactician added.
“They are number one in the league and for those reasons we need to give them respect. But at the same time we want to come out on Friday night and play the best we can.”
Meanwhile, Siyabonga Nomvethe, who scored during Usuthu’s victory over Sundowns earlier this season, stated that only a victory will do for AmaZulu on Friday.
“We are challenging for a place in the top eight. It is a big match. We are at home and we need to get the maximum points in order to push for a top eight spot,” Nomvethe said.
Usuthu are heading into this massive clash placed 10th on the league standings. They are only a point behind eighth-placed Bidvest Wits with eight games left.
“It won’t be easy for both teams. The two teams need the points for different reasons. We have a lot of games left. So, it is still possible for us to finish in the top eight,” the 40-year-old forward added.
“We cannot afford to relax because we still have a lot of games left. We have to take it one game at a time. Each game is a Cup final for us. We need to focus and win games so that we can move further away from the relegation zone.”
Kick-off between AmaZulu and Sundowns is at 18h00.Share