Cape Town - AmaZulu
defender Sifiso Hlanti is excited by the prospect of playing against Golden
Arrows in the first round of the Nedbank Cup later this year.
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Usuthu were drawn with Abafana Bes'thende last week and
Hlanti is particularly excited by the fact that this will be a KwaZulu-Natal
derby, primarily because the local football fans will be served a treat.
"What can be said? A derby is always exciting for
everyone, especially the supporters. The stadium should be full and the fans
happy," Hlanti told his club’s website.
Golden Arrows are currently second in the National First
Division standings, as they have been defeated just twice this season. The
football fraternity knows that they are not to be trifled with and Hlanti is
well aware of just how dangerous they can be during a cup fixture. Nothing will
be taken for granted ahead of this fixture.
"At the end of the 90 minutes or more than that, there
has to be a winner. For us as players it won’t be easy. We have to fight for
it," said Hlanti.
While doing well in the Nedbank Cup will be great for
AmaZulu, the focus has not shifted away from the Premiership, where the battle
for survival has intensified.
"Apart from this competition we’re also focused on
surviving in the league because we need to move from where we are. But we have
to look forward to this challenge against Arrows," said Hlanti.