Vilakazi declares war ahead of Wits battle


AmaZulu FC vice captain Nhlanhla Vilakazi has his sights set on a positive start for their 2019/2020 Absa Premiership season at the expense of Bidvest Wits on Saturday night at the King Zwelithini stadium, kick off at 20:00.

Throughout the entire 90 minutes of last season’s 15 home matches each instruction from the Usuthu dugout was followed by the famous, “Makuliwe Makuliwa, Pho Kulindwe Bani” crowd anthem which resonated throughout the entire grandstand last season.

When translated from IsiZulu to English the maskandi song simply means, “If it’s a war, then what are we waiting for? Let’s get on with”!

This was the attitude that ensured Usuthu overcame their much talked about 6 point deficit which had plunged the KZN outfit bottom of the log in the middle of the first round.

The former Free State Stars man believes that Usuthu have got the goods to standing up and being considered with rest of the teams vying for top honors this season.

“This season we are coming with a different plan, we are hopeful that we can gain as many points as possible both at home and away.”

“We also have the advantage that we don’t have a lot of players who will need to adjust to our style of play so everyone is on the same page , we will just be picking up from where we left in terms of understanding each other tactically,” he said.

The 32 year old midfielder is however under no illusion on the type of danger the ‘Clever boys’ possess, pointing out that they would have to outsmart them on the day to be victorious.

“We all know that Wits are a very physical team, we are expecting them to come out guns blazing playing their usual style of play which is playing through long balls but we are prepared for them.”

“We’re pleased with the games that we have played in the pre-season in terms of tactics and technique so we just have to pull our socks up and make sure we deliver positive results, ” he concluded.

Usuthu were a force to be reckoned with last season in Umlazi as the AmaZulu faithful showed their undying support to Vilakazi and his teammates.

Gavin Hunt’s men succumbed to a 2-0 defeat last season at King Zwelithini which was a result of the effort put in by Cavin Johnson’s men, coupled with strong pressing from the 12th player.

AmaZulu finished the season with 37 points thanks to making King Zwelithini Stadium a fortress, which yielded an impressive 13 match unbeaten home record.

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