Usuthu face Highlands in Ke Yona

AmaZulu FC will square off with Highlands Park in the 2018/19 Nedbank Cup round of 32 match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Friday.

Kick-off is at 8:00 pm.

Usuthu are hoping to bounce back to winning ways in the Cup competition after losing to Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership match last week.

The 2010 Nedbank Cup runners-up were eliminated from last year's tournament in the Last 16 after being stunned by National First Division (NFD) side Ubuntu Cape Town.

Meanwhile, Highlands are also wounded as they saw their six-match unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership come to an end when they lost to Mamelodi Sundowns midweek.

The Lions of the North, who reached the 1979 final when the tournament was still known as the Mainstay Cup, lost to NFD outfit Stellenborsch in the round of 32 match last year.

Previous starting line-ups

AmaZulu: 28. Mbatha, 17. M.Gumede, 29. Mabaliso, 5. Van Heerden, 27. Nyongo, 4. Morton, 50. Vilakazi, 14. Sithebe, 11. Karuru, 20. Tade, 7. Ntuli.

Highlands Park: 16. Kapini, 5. Fransman, 20. Ramoraka, 21. Mokoena, 23. Msimango, 24. Rae, 43. Mbatha, 40. Mahlangu, 38. Shalulile, 27. Sekola, 14. Mvala.

What are the teams saying

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson

“It is a new challenge, a new competition. We know that they are going to come at us. They are doing well in the league and we expect a good game of football,” he said.

"Our approach to the game will be a bit different. We need to score goals. The players have been doing well at training. We need to defend and get through them. On the day we have to be the best."

Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama

"It will be the third time now that we face AmaZulu this season. It's an opportunity for the young guys to taste another cup competition," he said.

"We're taking our strongest possible team to this match. We want to play as many games as possible, that's the only way we'll get better."

AmaZulu key players

Nhlanhla Vilakazi: The experienced midfielder has established himself as one of Usuthu's key players. Vilakazi will be looking to play an important role in helping AmaZulu reach the Last 16.

Emiliano Tade: The Argentine striker has been one of the most outstanding players in the PSL this season. Tade has the ability to inspire AmaZulu to victory against Highlands.

Highlands Park key players

Mothobi Mvala: The attacking midfielder has been in good form in front of goal having netted seven goals this season. Mvala will be keen to add to his tally and help Highlands secure a win in Durban.

Lindokuhle Mbatha: The hard-running midfielder was on the score sheet for Highlands against Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek. Mbatha will be eager to score again and fire Highlands into the Last 16.