Usuthu coach Johnson expects tasty KZN Derby

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson is expecting a fight between Usuthu and Maritzburg United in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby.

The two KwaZulu-Natal rivals will square off in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Tuesday.

Maritzburg are heading into this encounter having won their first two league matches of the 2017/18 season, while AmaZulu have recorded one win and one defeat.

“It’s going to be a fight,” Johnson told

“Maritzburg are on a run, but we are playing at home, in front of our supporters. We will do the best we can to get the full three points,” he added.

AmaZulu beefed up their striking department with the signing of Rhulani Manzini, who joined the Durban giants from Chippa United last month.

Johnson, who is a former SuperSport United head coach, believes that the striking department will be key to Usuthu’s success in the top flight league this season.

“Rhulani brings a different dimension, he brings the fact that he’s a quality striker,” the 58-year-old tactician said.

“We also have Somila (Ntsundwana), Mabhuti (Khenyeza), Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mhlengi Cele upfront.

“All in all they all will have to pull their socks up. If all of them can play like they played last year then hopefully we can get better.”

The encounter between AmaZulu and Maritzburg will kick-off at 19h30.

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