AmaZulu want to defeat Pirates

Rally Bwalya of AmaZulu during the 2022 MTN8 AmaZulu Training session at Kings Park Stadium, Durban on 01 November 2022 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The MTN8 finals, scheduled for 6pm on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, will feature the two oldest teams in South African football, AmaZulu and Orlando Pirates.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this MTN8 match is that both teams are led by foreign coaches. Both arrived before the season began. They now have the opportunity to leave their mark on the hearts of the fans by winning the trophy.

Pirates won the MTN8 title in 2020 under Josef Zinnbauer. While AmaZulu is eager to win their first trophy under Sandile Zungu, who purchased the team from Sokhela.

Winning the cup after many years would be a big deal for Zungu, who is determined to bring back the old AmaZulu who were dominant in South African football.

Pirates enter the weekend’s big game fresh off a DStv Premiership loss to Kaizer Chiefs. While AmaZulu defeated Stellenbosch FC, it was Romain “Fohloza” Folz’s first victory in South Africa.

Jose Riveiro, who is chasing his first trophy, told the media earlier this week that winning the trophy at Moses Mabhida Stadium is the only way to fix the mess that occurred at FNB Stadium last week.

“We want to put our defeat behind us as soon as possible. The results of the previous game do not sit well with us, but we must prepare for the work that awaits us on Saturday,” stated Riveiro.

The AmaZulu coach, on the other hand, stated that playing in Durban will benefit his team. Usuthu last won a cup in 1992, with the Coca Cola Cup.

“We will make an effort to keep our minds and bodies active. We are delighted to play at home,” said Fohloza.

The winning team will be awarded a trophy as well as R8 million. Next week, Pirates will face Chiefs, while AmaZulu will face Mamelodi Sundowns in the one-day Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium.