AmaZulu president Sandile Zungu says Orlando Pirates “won’t eat” on the night of the MTN8 final, as he oozed confidence after his side earned the spot in the final. Usuthu eliminated Kaizer Chiefs in the semi-finals on Sunday.
Zungu bought the KwaZulu-Natal club in 2020 from the Sokhela family, and has instilled the mentality of retaining their “big club” status, with his club being the oldest amongst all in the Premier Soccer League.
This will be their first final since 2010, when they played in the Nedbank Cup final and were thrashed 3-0 by the now-defunct Bidvest Wits. Zungu says getting to the final alone makes them happy.
“We said [that we would reach the final], they [people] asked if we are the sangomas (traditional healers), but I saw how determined the boys were, and how much the coach wanted to play in the final, and I said who am I to not trust them,” Zungu told the journalists as translated from IsiZulu by This is Football.Africa
“We gave them everything to prepare themselves. We wanted to score at least three goals [in the second leg] but they [Kaizer Chiefs] stood firm.
“But to manage the game and get a draw and go through to the final, we are satisfied. Remember that this is the first final to be played by Usuthu since 2010, so 13 years later, we are playing in the final and that alone should make us happy.
“So to the fifth, so Pirates must eat now because on that day they won’t.”
To book their place in the final, the Buccaneers knocked Mamelodi Sundowns out of the competition in the semi-finals, winning with an aggregate score of 3-0.
The final will be played on the 5th of November at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.