AmaZulu FC attacking midfielder Sphesihle Maduna has stressed the importance of taking part in the 2023 KZN Premier’s Cup.
The ninth edition was launched on July 9 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium where Usuthu were pitted against Royal AM in their opening match at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on July 22.
Newcastle-born star Maduna and AmaZulu assistant coach Siboniso Vilakazi represented the club at the tournament launch and draw.
“The Premier’s Cup helps a lot when preparing for the new and upcoming season,” Maduna said.
“I have seen in the past years that coaches use the tournament to gauge the players’ readiness for the new season.
“The tournament also helps in terms of checking whether the players understand the coach’s style of play and philosophy,” he continued.
“So, the Premier’s Cup is a big tournament that also helps grow players and gives them a chance to display their talent.”
Usuthu’s PSL rivals Lamontville Golden Arrows and Richards Bay will also take part in this year’s KZN Premier’s Cup.
Maduna also pointed out that AmaZulu head coach Pablo Franco Martin will look to gauge the team’s readiness for the upcoming season.
“The new coach will also see how far we are in terms of how he wants us to play as a team,” the 23-year-old explained.
“It will also help us as players to see how fellow PSL clubs play. Four of the teams in this tournament are PSL clubs.
“We are going to play against Royal AM when the new season starts. We are also going to meet them in the Premier’s Cup.”
The tournament will be played at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont and Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on the weekend of 22 to 23 July 2023.
AmaZulu supporters are encouraged to come out in their numbers on both days as tickets will be available at various collection points.