AmaZulu FC head coach Pablo Franco Martin has drawn attention to what could make their Carling Knockout Cup clash against TS Galaxy even more tough.
Usuthu will meet the Rockets in the semi-final on Sunday, 3 December at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The winner of that match will face either Richards Bay FC or Stellenbosch FC who take on each other in the first semi-final on Saturday.
The KZN side will welcome Galaxy for the second time this season with the two sides having encountered in the DStv Premiership in August. AmaZulu brushed Galaxy away with a 1-0 scoreline.
Martin says his troops should get over that, insisting it won’t play a part in the next clash.
The former Real Madrid assistant coach believes AmaZulu and Galaxy have some similar elements in their weaknesses and strengths. Therefore, he’s foreseeing a much more difficult match but exciting on the other hand.
PABLO FRANCO SAYS AMAZULU AND TS GALAXY ARE ‘VERY EVEN’
“I have no idea, I don’t know if it’s an advantage or a disadvantage [defeating Galaxy in a league match],” said Martin.
“We know them well, they know us well, I think we are two teams that are very even in terms of results, strengths and weaknesses.
“We’re pretty similar, so, from there I know that it’s going to be a tough and exciting game. And I hope that we are playing at our best level.
“The objective is there depending on the rivals. We played Chiefs and you could have said ‘you played them and lost’ but we won that game [Carling Knockout].
“Maybe against Arrows, you could have said, ‘You have not beaten them in the last five years’ but we beat them [twice]. So, you never know what’s best but we have to face them again on Sunday.
“We are willing to take it.”