Usuthu can beat anyone – Franco Martin

Pablo Franco Martin, head coach of AmaZulu with Ntseki Molefi, head coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the 2023 Carling Cup Launch and Draw at The Park House of Events, Johannesburg on the 10 October 2023 Β©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC head coach Pablo Franco Martin has reacted to the Carling Knockout Last 16 draw which took place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Usuthu were pitted against the tournament’s most successful club, Kaizer Chiefs who have won the official league cup a record 13 times since it was established in 1982.

This will be a repeat of the 1992 Coca Cola Cup final which saw AmaZulu emerge as 3-1 winners over Chiefs at the iconic FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Franco Martin, who was present during the draw in Hyde Park, pointed out that Chiefs were a tough opponent, but he made it clear that they will fight for a spot in the quarter-finals.

“Tough opponent to play against, same as anyone in pot A,” Franco Martin said.

“But I am sure they think the same about us and they did not like the draw. The most challenging thing will be to play away [to Chiefs] in a knockout competition.

“But the good thing is that AmaZulu have already proved that we can be competitive and beat any team so we will give it our all to reach the quarter-finals.”

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) will soon announce the dates, kick-off times and venues for the Carling Knockout Last 16 fixtures.