Johnson: Usuthu players raring to go against Pirates

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson says his charges will be ready for the massive against Orlando Pirates on Sunday.

Usuthu are scheduled to host the Buccaneers in an Absa Premiership encounter at the King Zwelithini Stadium in the city of Durban.

“It’s always a big game against Pirates but they’re coming to King
Zwelithini Stadium and they’ve been on a very, very good run,” Johnson said.

“I think they haven’t lost for quite some time but at the same time I think it’s two of the oldest horses playing this weekend against each other at King Zwelithini.

A victory for 11th-placed Usuthu over Bucs, will see the KwaZulu-Natal giants move into the top eight on the league standings if other results go their way.

“You standing here now, you can hear the atmosphere within the club is always high when we play against the bigger teams,” he continued.

“Players want to play, players want to show that they want to come out. But in one moment at this time of the season as well everybody’s had some game-time.

Usuthu have been boosted by Siyethemba Mnguni’s return. The attacking midfielder missed AmaZulu’s 1-1 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday as he was serving a one-match suspension.

“Everybody’s prepared and they don’t have any physical injuries or nobody is nursing injuries, anything like that,” Johnson revealed.

“Sometimes it [team selection for a big game] becomes very difficult.

“Because one of them will show extra work probably the whole week.

“You have to be very, very careful, very mindful about what they bring to the team on that particular day, and what the team needs from them,” he added.

“So, yes, in some moments a little bit difficult but in other moments it’s not been difficult.”

Kick-off is at 15h00.

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