Truter: Usuthu confident ahead of Premier’s Cup

Brandon Truter, coach of AmaZulu during the 2022 Prince Mangosuthu Legacy Cup match between AmaZulu and Zululand District XI at the Ulundi Stadium, Ulundi on the 23 July 2022 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC head coach Brandon Truter says his side is heading into the 2022 KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s Cup oozing with confidence.

This comes after Usuthu clinched the 2022 Prince Mangosuthu Legacy Cup after defeating their provincial rivals Richards Bay in the final in Ulundi over the weekend.

The team will now take part in the Premier’s Cup this weekend and Truter feels that his side is benefiting from playing in such pre-season tournaments.

“This tournament (Legacy Cup) helped us a lot before the start of the season, luckily we were able to play 90 minutes in two games,” Truter said.

“We saw where we need to improve. We have new players that we used. I am very happy, they are getting used to the style that we want them to play.

“KwaZulu-Natal is lucky the government takes care of the teams here. Next weekend we will play another tournament (Premier’s Cup) that will be able to prepare us for the start of the season.”

The Premier’s Cup will be held at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday and the final showdown will be at Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday.

AmaZulu and Lamontville Golden Arrows will meet in the semi-finals on Sunday after being given a bye in the first round of matches.

“Everything seems to be going well, I see many opportunities to fulfil the wishes of the club chairman. We will go to the Premier’s Cup next week with a lot of confidence,” Truter added.

In the first round matches, Richards Bay, 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.