AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has warned Golden Arrows that they will face a different Usuthu side when the sides meet in a Nedbank Cup last-32 match on Saturday.
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McCarthy, who had just joined Usuthu, was watching from the from the stands when AmaZulu lost 2-0 to Abafana Bes’thende the last time the teams meet in a DStv Premiership match on 16 December.
“When I joined the club and watched them against Arrows, I was worried from what I saw,” said McCarthy as quoted by the club’s website.
“I didn’t see any commitment from my club like what they are doing now. I didn’t see a lot of qualities that the team is showing now.
“They had a different coach with different tactics, and we don’t know the reasons for the dismal performance against Arrows then.”
“But since then the team has vastly improved, they changed a lot. They are more competitive, and they believe in themselves more,” continued the former Bafana Bafana striker.
“Arrows are going to be up against a completely different AmaZulu team who fight till the end, and we won’t make it easy for them.
“We know they’ve got a lot of speed. They rely a lot on counterattack[ing] football, so it is something that we will work on before Saturday.”
The KwaZulu-Natal Derby clash is set to be played at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont.