AmaZulu FC head coach Brandon Truter has stressed the importance of the 2022 KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s Cup.
The two-day pre-season tournament which will be played on the last weekend of July and will be held at two different stadiums.
The event will be held at King Zwelithini Stadium on July 30 and the final showdown will be at Harry Gwala Stadium on July 31.
AmaZulu and Lamontville Golden Arrows will meet in the semi-finals after being given a bye in the first round of matches.
“It is very important for us,” Truter, who guided Usuthu to a seventh-place finish in the DStv Premiership in the recent 2021-22 season, said.
“I think for all the coaches who are here, the first thing we do during pre-season is to check when is the Premier’s Cup so that we can plan around it. That is the importance of the tournament.
“Having won the tournament with Royal Eagles, and participated in it with Richards Bay, I know its magnitude and I know what it means to the province, what it means for the supporters as well,” he continued.
“I hope and pray that all the teams give the supporters a taste of what it’s to come in the upcoming season.
“We are welcoming them (fans) back. We can now feel that it is a real game of football as they will be involved in the match by supporting their teams.”
In the first round matches, Richards Bay FC, who were recently promoted to the PSL after winning the 2021-22 NFD title, will take on Royal AM.
While Motsepe Foundation Championship side Uthongathi will face last year’s Premier’s Cup champions Maritzburg United.
The winners of the respective Saturday matches will then meet in the semi-final on Sunday.