Usuthu eye Last 16 spot with Tornado win

Hendrick Ekstein of AmaZulu during a training session

AmaZulu FC will play host to Tornando FC in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 3:00 pm CAT.

Usuthu are enjoying a four-match unbeaten run in the DStv Premiership having registered their third successive draw when they drew 1-1 with Maritzburg United away last weekend.

The KwaZulu-Natal giants are looking to reach the Nedbank Cup Last 16 for the first time since 2021 having made their only appearance in the final in 2010.

Hendrick Ekstein, AmaZulu’s experienced attacking midfielder, knows what’s going through Tornado players’ minds ahead of their clash with Usuthu.

“I am from there [lower divisions]. I know everything. Tornado players are definitely motivated to be playing against us. ” Ekstein said.

“They will be playing against a PSL club which is us, AmaZulu. They have been ready for this game since the fixture was confirmed. They will come with all guns blazing and we have to be ready for them.

“I believe that we are ready as a team and we also can’t wait to play against them. We hope that we win the match.”

Meanwhile, Tornado are making their debut appearance in the Nedbank Cup having reached this round of the tournament following a successful qualifying campaign.

Known as Die Wind, Tornado, who are based in Upington, emerged as 3-2 winners over Kuruman Kicks in the final provincial qualifier in October last year.

Die Wind are coming into the match against AmaZulu having succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Benfica in an ABC Motsepe League (Northern Cape – Stream A) match last weekend.

AmaZulu will be without Sphesihle Maduna who will be serving a one-match suspension against the Northern Cape side.

Head-to-Head stats This will be the first-ever competitive meeting between AmaZulu and Tornado.