Usuthu revel at derby matches

AmaZulu have one mis­sion – to stay in the Premier­ship

Sowetan - - Sport - By Sihle Nde­bele

Play­ing derby games back-to­back is what AmaZulu need to set­tle well in the Absa Premier­ship.

This is the view of Usuthu coach Cavin John­son fol­low­ing their 1-1 stale­mate against Mar­itzburg United on Tues­day, head­ing into an­other KwaZulu-Natal derby against La­montville Golden Ar­rows at Princess Ma­gogo Sta­dium on Sun­day (3.30pm).

AmaZulu came from be­hind to sal­vage a draw, thanks to Mh­lengi Cele who can­celled out Michael Mor­ton’s own goal at King Zwelithini Sta­dium. “This is good for us [to play back-to-back der­bies] be­cause it will help us set­tle in well and be fa­mil­iar with the en­vi­ron­ment of the Premier­ship,” said John­son.

“I like der­bies be­cause they give players ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion. They [der­bies] are also about brag­ging rights and we need that spirit from our players.”

Usuthu have col­lected four points from three open­ing fix­tures, and their 58-year-old men­tor be­lieves they can build on that to be com­pet­i­tive.

“We are im­prov­ing grad­u­ally. We are the new team in the league and we will get there slowly, we need to play more games. We must try to build from this start and be a com­pet­i­tive team that will re­main in the Premier­ship at the end of the sea­son.”

The for­mer Plat­inum Stars tac­ti­cian handed vet­eran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe his first start of the sea­son. He played the en­tire 90 min­utes, which left John­son thrilled.

“He did very well. He needs to get used to top-flight foot­ball again, but I was im­pressed with his con­tri­bu­tion. I hope he re­cov­ers for the next game be­cause it was his first 90 min­utes,” stated John­son.

/ STEVE HAAG / BACKPAGEPIX

Mh­lengi Cele was on tar­get for AmaZulu against United at King Zwelithini Sta­dium.

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