AmaZulu out to upset Pirates

AmaZulu FC will square off with Orlando Pirates in the 2018 Telkom Knockout Cup quarterfinal match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 6:00 pm.

Usuthu progressed into the last eight after securing a 2-0 win over Cape Town City at home almost a fortnight ago.

AmaZulu, who won this tournament when it was still known as the Coca Cola Cup in 1992, lost 3-0 to Cape Town City away in an Absa Premiership match last weekend.

Meanwhile, Pirates reached the quarterfinals after defeating Chippa United 1-0 at home almost two weeks ago.

The Buccaneers, who have won the Telkom Knockout once (in 2011), are coming off a 2-1 win over their Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership last weekend.

Previous starting line-ups

AmaZulu: 28. Mbatha, 24. Sikhakhane, 29. Mabiliso, 13. Our-Akoriko, 17. M.Gumede. 33. Daroph, 50. Vilakazi, 5. Van Heerden, 14. Sithebe, 20. Tade, 7. Ntuli.

Orlando Pirates: 40. Mpontshane, 4. Jele, 3. Munetsi, 18. Mobara, 23. Maela, 20. Mlambo, 27. Motshwari, 45. Pule, 3. Lorch, 12. Shonga, 17. Mulenga.

What are the teams saying

AmaZulu full-back Marc Van Heerden

‘’Looking forward, the guys are really motivated in terms of wanting to do well, to push to survive. We showed against Pirates when we played them that we can match them pound for pound," he said.

‘’I believe that us going a step further in the cup would be something good for the club and for each and every individual in the club, management and staff."

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic

"This Derby is now far history and all our focus, concentration and dedication is now towards the next match against AmaZulu. This is what we are looking forward to, the rest of the things, as I said, the bill will be made at the end," he said.

“We shall see whether it will satisfy the appetites of the most demanding yet loyal supporters, who are pushing us with love and prayers over all human and sport limits to make them happy.”

AmaZulu key players

Marc Van Heerden: The full-back has cemented his place in the Usuthu starting line-up. Van Heerden will be keen to haunt his former side by playing an important role in helping AmaZulu reach the semifinals.

Emiliano Tade: The Argentine striker was on the scoresheet as Usuthu drew 1-1 with Pirates in an Absa Premiership earlier this month. Tade will be eager to score again and help his side defeat Pirates.

Orlando Pirates key players

Happy Jele: The Pirates captain and defender played has been in good form at the heart of the team's defence in recent times. Jele will be looking to lead the Buccaneers to victory against AmaZulu.

Vincent Pule: The left winger is one of the most important players in the Bucs squad having netted against Kaizer Chiefs last weekend. Pule will be hoping to inspire his side to victory in Durban.