Usuthu eye Nedbank quarter-final spot

AmaZulu warm up during 2023 Nedbank Cup Last 32 match between AmaZulu FC and Tornado FC on the 12 February 2022 at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi Β© Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC will be away to Dondol Stars in a Nedbank Cup Last 16 match at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 7:30 pm CAT.

Usuthu secured their spot in this round after they defeated ABC Motsepe League (Northern Cape) side Tornado FC 3-2 at home in the Last 32 clash on February 12.

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The KwaZulu-Natal giants are enduring a 31-year trophy drought and they are hoping to go all the way and clinch this season’s Nedbank Cup having lost in the 2010 final.

George Maluleka, the AmaZulu midfielder, has cautioned his teammates not to underestimate Dondol as they have shown what they are capable of defeating a top-flight club.

“Dondol won’t be an easy opponent. We have seen a couple of video clips of their games including the SuperSport game,” Maluleka said.

“They are not afraid of playing, so it will be an interesting game. If we can apply ourselves and approach the game without undermining our opponents.

“Then we will be able to go through to the next round.”

Meanwhile, Dondol pulled off a major upset when they eliminated five-time Nedbank Cup winners SuperSport United in the Last 32 clash as they emerged as 2-1 winners away on February 2.

The ABC Motsepe League (Gauteng) log leaders, who are making their debut in the South African FA Cup, are now looking to progress to the quarter-finals of the lucrative tournament.

AmaZulu will welcome back Thembela Sikhakhane who missed the DStv Premiership match against Chippa United due to a one-match suspension on March 5.

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This will be the first-ever competitive meeting between AmaZulu and Dondol.

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