Usuthu fired up for KZN Derby against Arrows


Ovidy Karuru

AmaZulu FC will welcome their KwaZulu-Natal rivals Lamontville Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 20h15.

Usuthu are coming off a morale-boosting 1-0 win over SuperSport United in their previous league game at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.

The victory took AmaZulu to 11th spot on the league standings with 23 points from 19 matches having recorded two wins and two draws in their last four games.

Cavin Johnson, the Usuthu head coach, says the team is eager to avenge the 4-1 defeat to Arrows in the first round league encounter which was played at the Princess Magogo Stadium last September.

“The upcoming game against Golden Arrows is more than a derby. It is about having the bragging rights within the KZN province,” he said.

“When you look back at the history of the two clubs, AmaZulu are the big brother. The last time we played them, they beat us. For us it is like a wound that we need to close.

Ovidy Karuru, who scored against SuperSport in midweek, will look to inspire Usuthu to victory which will take them into the top eight should the other results go their way.

“So, going into the game against Arrows, AmaZulu will definately be prepared. We will definitely put our best foot forward.”

Meanwhile, Arrows were held to a 2-2 draw by Baroka FC in their previous league game at the Princess Magogo Stadium last weekend.

As a result, Abafana Bes’thende are placed 10th on the league standings with 23 points from 19 games. They are two points behind eighth-placed Chippa United.

Clinton Larsen, the Arrows head coach, will be hoping to mastermind another win over AmaZulu, while Knox Mutizwa, who scored against Baroka, is the dangerman for Abafana Bes’thende.

The last time AmaZulu hosted Arrows in an Absa Premiership match was on the 6th of May 2014 during the 2013/14 season.

Usuthu defeated Abafana Bes’thende 1-0 thanks to Ayanda Dlamini’s 80th minute goal at the Princess Magogo Stadium.

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