All set for fiery KZN derby

Things are expected to get heated when KwaZulu-Natal rivals Golden Arrows and AmaZulu lock horns at the King Zwelithini Stadium in an Absa Premiership encounter on Monday evening, kick-off 15h30.

Both sides head into the fixture on the back of disappointing league defeats.

Arrows were hammered 3-0 by Bloemfontein Celtic last time out while Usuthu suffered a 2-0 loss at AmaTuks.

Abafana Bes’thende mentor Mark Harrison has explained that preparations have gone well leading up to the derby game, adding that it is a massive encounter for his troops as they aim to escape the relegation zone.

Arrows are currently second from bottom, eight places and seven points behind AmaZulu.

“Preparations have gone quite well, we don’t have any suspensions nor injury doubts,” said Harrison.

“We are eager on bouncing back from the heavy defeat and put in a good shift against our local rivals.

“At this moment in time every game is very important, we need points.

"AmaZulu started the season extremely well, but they have been in indifferent form of late but all that goes out of the window in a derby game.”

AmaZulu team manager Japhet Zwane explained that although the past week has been tough on the players following the passing of former President Nelson Mandela, the players will be ready come Monday.

“Things are going well, under the circumstances, as the game draws closer the players look sharper,” said Zwane.

Zwane added that it doesn’t matter who is on form heading into a derby encounter, all that goes out the window come match day.

“This is a derby, it doesn’t matter who is on form or who isn’t. The players are eager to prove that they are the better team in their location and walk away with the three points.”

Last season Usuthu took four points off their rivals, drawing 0- 0at home and winning 1-0 on the road.