AmaZulu's Rhulani Manzini dismisses Kaizer Chiefs' cup kings tag ahead of Telkom Knockout battle
Posted: 27 October 2017 Time: 13:45
AmaZulu striker Rhulani Manzini says the team is giving scant regard for Kaizer Chiefs' reputation as cup kings.
The teams will meet in the last-16 of the Telkom Knockout at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday (20h15).
Amakhosi, who are staging the match in Usuthu's backyard, have won the competition a record 13 times, but Manzini is unfazed.
"Chiefs is a cup king but on Saturday when we get to the field of play we don't even think about that," says Manzini.
"We're going to there to do what we did during the training sessions and will try to win the game. We know that it's going to be tough but we've got to grind and come out with a victory."
The 29-year-old is in good form with four goals in six league games following his surprise off-season switch from Chippa United.
'The Beast', as he is known to his teammates, has set his sights on bagging 20 goals for coach Cavin Johnson this campaign.
"It is a good record considering that I missed two Premiership games. I have scored four, it's not bad," he says.
"I'm aiming to score maybe 20 goals this season in all competitions, but whatever happens I'll be grateful.
"It is also a privilege to work with a coach like Cavin Johnson because it's very rare to find a coach like him who gives you motivation, who's helping you to reach the next level. He's helping us on the field and outside the field of play."