AmaZulu have the upper hand — Van Heerden

Marc van Heerden of AmaZulu FC. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

AmaZulu defender Marc van Heerden believes his side has an upper hand over National First Division side Golden Arrows ahead of their clash on Friday evening.

Van Heerden, telling his club website, is convinced that Usuthu’s PSL experience will count in their favour in the KwaZulu Natal derby. “It will not be an easy match but the fact is we are still a PSL club and the experience that we have shall be revealed in this match,” Van Heerden said.

Usuthu face their provincial neighbours in the Nedbank Cup last-32 game at Princess Magogo Stadium. Van Heerden’s AmaZulu are languishing at the foot of the Absa Premiership table with only nine points after 18 games. To a certain extent, going through to the next round may destabilise the team. It will require Coach Steve Barker to be able to see his team balancing both PSL and Nedbank Cup competition; though he knows the league status is important.

The leftback said there is hope for the side to return to form. “I think there is still hope for us to do well, we do have what it takes and the new players that were signed bring in great energy which we need at this point in time,” he said. On the Friday evening game, van Heerden said Arrows’ form in the NFD does not scare them. Shaun Bartlett’s men are on top of the NFD standings and they look set to be on their way back to the PSL.

“Arrows are a good side, they are doing well in NFD and they are in good form,” he said. “They have been in the PSL before and so they know what to expect playing against us, but that does not mean they will walk away victorious.” The match starts at 8pm.

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