'It's going to be a good game' - Folz

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Romain Folz, head coach of AmaZulu FC and the club's assistant coach Ayanda Dlamini at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Romain Folz, head coach of AmaZulu FC and the club's assistant coach Ayanda Dlamini at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Darren Stewart

AmaZulu head coach Romain Folz is expecting a tense MTN8 final clash against Orlando Pirates as his side attempt to lift their first piece of silverware in 30 years.

The Durban outfit will hope to make home ground advantage count when they meet the Buccaneers on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Usuthu last lifted a trophy when winning the then-called Coca-Cola Cup back in 1992.

"It's going to be a good game between two very good teams. It's going to a matter of who is the best team on the day," Folz said.

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The Buccaneers have lost just one of their last five matches across all competitions while Usuthu is undefeated in their last five, but has only won just one of them.

"As much as they are prepared, we're prepared as well. We'll give it our best shot," added Folz.

"I'm sure it will be a very intense game and I think the pace will be high from the first minute. So it's going to be a matter of who is able dictate their game plan as quick as possible and execute the principles of play that we both have as quick as possible.

"We're going to try our best to make sure that we're the team that does that on Saturday."

Orlando Pirates go into the fixture desperate to produce a strong response after losing to rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby last weekend.

The clash will be AmaZulu's first cup final since the loss to Wits for the Nedbank Cup in 2010 and their first MTN8 cup final since 1992, while Orlando Pirates last lifted the prestigious trophy in 2020 after beating Bloemfontein Celtics.

The Buccaneers, however, have a dreadful track record in cup finals. Pirates has won just two cup finals in the 11 they've contested since their last premiership title. No team has lost more cup finals in the PSL than the Buccaneers. 

The clash will also mark a milestone for both coaches who will be competing for their first piece of silverware since their arrival in South Africa.

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