Cavin: Usuthu can only see yellow and green
Posted: 3 February 2018 Time: 13:30
AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson says his players will have to put their best foot forward when they take on Golden Arrows in the KZN derby at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Saturday.
Usuthu were on the receiving end of a 4-1 thrashing from Clinton Larsen's side in the reverse fixture at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu in September.
However, Johnson's men enter this match with momentum as a 1-0 win over SuperSport United in midweek stretched their unbeaten run to four matches.
The fixture also holds extra significance for AmaZulu as for the third straight year it will be used to raise funds for 78-year-old club legend Cedric 'Sugar Ray' Zulu, who is battling prostate cancer.
"Going back to the 4-1, if you were a foreigner and you watched the game you would probably think we were winning the game, that is what I can say about that game," said Johnson at a press conference on Thursday where the club also announced a partnership with the SABC's Ukhozi FM, a vernacular radio station in Durban.
"The key to Saturday's game, you are only as good as your last game. But as a young team we believe that the next 10 games we play are World Cup finals and the boys are mentally prepared for those games that are left.
"We got the players thinking in such a way that the only colours in front of them is yellow and green [Arrows' colours], nothing else.
"Nothing on the side, nothing on the back. All we see is the front of us and we have to put our best foot forward in order to play with tactics, plan with our heads, and do what we can do which we have shown in the previous games."
Meanwhile, Johnson says this Absa Premiership season is one of the most complicated he has ever experienced.
"I know a lot of people are asking me about the league and this league is probably one of the most complicated leagues that I've played in since coaching in the PSL," he says.
"It's so difficult, it's up and down. The points [gap] from 10 [on the log] to 16 is eight. The space from 10 to one is 12.
"So it's an interesting league. It's not about someone running away with it, someone completely lost in the mist and that's what makes every game an interesting game, a cup final. Where we find ourselves now, we are 11th on the log and Arrows are on 10th.
"It looks like some juju drew up the fixtures. Every time the two teams play each other they are so close to each other that to get the points is always there. For me there's an excitement in the league the whole season and that is what it is all about."