Plenty of thrills in the Absa Premiership Durban Derby

The healthy rivalry between AmaZulu and Golden Arrows brings out the best in players, provides a stern test for the respective technical teams and in doing so creates an amazing atmosphere for both sets of supporters.

Last season, there were eight goals scored between the two teams with either side winning their home fixture.

Experienced, Usuthu defender, Marc Van Heerden has played in a number of local derbies, having first joined the club back in 2008.

“It is always memorable and always a big occasion for me. It speaks for itself. It is about who has the last say,” Van Heerden said.

Van Heerden spent eight years at AmaZulu in his first stint, he returned at the start of this season after featuring for the likes of Orlando Pirates and Chippa United.

“It is always a big tussle out there and there is a lot of passion between the players and the supporters. It is the biggest day in the football calendar for KZN teams,” Van Heerden said.

Central defender, Tapelo Nyongo says the fixture reached new heights last season and believes it will continue to grow in stature.

“We had two tough games last season and I believe this time around with all the attention, it is only going to get bigger and better, Nyongo said.

He continued, “It is important for us to start well and have the crowd behind us.

We want to end the year well, this is a big chance in a big game for us.”

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