AmaZulu FC midfielder Makhehleni Makhaula has sent a strong message to football followers, claiming that they will be shocked by what they see during the tournament. The Usuthu captain made these claims ahead of the Carling Black Label Cup that is set to take place on Saturday. The KwaZulu-Natal outfit is one of the four teams that were voted by the fans to take part in the competition.
Amazulu will take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the first semi-final, before Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates face off in the second game. Usuthu will be seeking redemption after they fell short in the MTN8 final against the Buccaneers this past weekend.
While briefing the media in the Carling Black Label Cup press conference on Monday, it looked like the MTN8 final loss was still lingering in Makhula and his coach Romain Folz’s minds. However, the skipper insisted people will be shocked when Usuthu bounce back on Saturday.
“I think we’re growing bit by bit; we will get there, especially now we have a good coach. I think everything is really working for us because last season we [finished] in the top eight,” Makhula said.
“The season before, we went to CAF [Champions League], this season, we were beaten in the MTN8 [final]. Now, we’re playing the Carling Black Label, so I think everything is going well on our side.
“It’s just a matter of luck and people will be shocked on Saturday because now they think we’re still mourning [the MTN8 final loss].
Makhaula also promised to work his socks off as the captain to help the team put up a good fight. “I think you gonna see a different team and especially they gonna see a different Makhaula.”
Usuthu have already met Masandawana earlier this season in the DStv Premiership when they lost the game in stoppage time with Marcelo Allende snatching the three points for his side with a sucker punch.