KZN Derby: Truter dissects Usuthu and Royal AM clash

Siphelele Mthembu of AmaZulu FC competes with Thato Lingwati of Royal AM FC during the DStv Premiership 2021/22 match between AmaZulu and Royal AM held at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 04 December 2021 ©Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC head coach Brandon Truter has backed his charges ahead of the team’s KwaZulu-Natal Derby encounter against Royal AM on Sunday.

Usuthu are oozing with confidence at the moment having recorded their second successive win in the DStv Premiership when they defeated Maritzburg United 1-0 in the KZN Derby match last weekend.

The Durban side has now turned its attention to another league clash with Royal AM, who have had a fairytale start to life in the top flight after purchasing Bloemfontein Celtic’s PSL status prior to the start of the current season.

Truter is expecting a tough match when the teams lock horns at the Chartworth Stadium, but he believes that AmaZulu will come out on top with Royal AM currently placed second on the league table.

“A very good team, very good coach as well. They’re on a good run at the moment,” Truter said.

“The structure is still the same as it was when they were Bloemfontein Celtic. It’s going to be a tough game and it’s a team that bosses possession most of the time and they don’t concede much.

“But with the improvement in the boys over the last two weeks I think we’ll be okay against them. We’ve got match-winners in our team as well, so the chances in the next game are going to be few between both sides. It’s all about who is going to take them.”

Usuthu will be without attackers Bonginkosi Ntuli and Augustine Mulenga due to injuries, but the former Swallows FC coach indicated that they have enough quality to overcome Thwihli Thwahla.

“Unfortunately Bongi Ntuli is gone for the season, same with Augustine Mulenga. But there are many players who can add value and strengthen the team, and we’ll get better.

“The derbies [Royal and Lamontville Arrows] are tricky and it can go either way as well, but I’m fairly confident in my boys.”

Usuthu’s final match of the current season is a KZN Derby clash against Arrows on May 21.