Philani Zulu believes the success Kaizer Chiefs have had over AmaZulu this season has been a major boost to their self-belief, as they aim to take down ‘Usuthu’ on Wednesday afternoon at FNB Stadium for the second time in two months.
However, Chiefs are still licking their wounds after a deflating 2-1 defeat to GladAfrica Championship outfit Richards Bay in their last game and Zulu is expecting a difficult day in the office when the Durban side arrives in Soweto but says they will “bring their A-game”.
According to Zulu, ‘Amakhosi’ are still hurting after their exit from the Nedbank Cup but the defender is confident that the team will bounce back in the league against a side they beat at the start of 2021, AmaZulu.
“I mean‚ looking at how we played in the last game [against Richards Bay] and getting knocked out of the Nedbank Cup‚ it was sad‚ it was a saddening thing to go through,” said Zulu.
“Now it is up to us to pick up our feet and look forward to Wednesday to the game against AmaZulu.
“It is not going to be an easy game. They were playing on Sunday [against Swallows FC in a league match that ended 0-0] and now they will have that momentum going forward‚ and we have not been playing since the previous game [against Richards Bay] last month.
“So it is up to us as players to keep our feet on the ground and our heads held up high‚ continue working hard and looking forward to the next game,” he added.
Since Benni McCarthy took over as the head coach last month, AmaZulu have transformed into a dangerous team, climbing to seventh place on the DStv Premiership table and Zulu admits that the KwaZulu-Natal outfit is capable of getting the better of a limping side.
“It is going to be a different ball game because they have more confidence now‚ they play well as a team going forward‚ they can keep the ball‚ they are a very structured team, and they are even more offensive than ever‚” concluded Zulu.
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