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Usuthu Boss Takes Jab At Chiefs

AmaZulu coach Pablo Franco Martin has taken a jab at Kaizer Chiefs, saying he knew his side had a big chance of doing something magical in the Carling Knockout Cup.

The Usuthu coach says it is his desire to take the Durban club to the cup final and win the competition after they are one of four teams left in the competition.

AmaZulu, who are sadly mourning the passing of their striker Bongi Ntuli on Sunday, are in the semi-final of the League Cup after overwhelming Golden Arrows 3-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.    

“This is not about dreaming, this is about doing my job,” said Franco when asked if he is dreaming big in this competition since many of the so-called big guns are eliminated.

“I told you in the first question – I’m ambitious, I’m coming here to make something big. For me this is not a dream, for me it is my job, for me it is my ambition, for me it is my desire, for me it is an opportunity.

“We are closer, we are in the semi-finals.”

In the first round of this cup, Usuthu beat Chiefs 1-0 at the FNB Stadium, the first time they had defeated the Soweto giants in a cup match at the Calabash and that left Martin convinced that they have an opportunity to do something good.

Apparently, when the draw was made, Chiefs representatives were jumping for joy but it turned bad as that loss to Usuthu culminated in the sacking of coach Molefi Ntseki.   

“But as I told you from the beginning, from the first sight when I saw Chiefs away in a draw, I knew that we were going to have an opportunity and that is what I came here for,” he added.

Martin, in his coaching career, has won only one trophy which was a Super Cup in Kuwait. His side in the 2019/20 season – Al Qadslia beat Kuwait SC with a familiar name in South Africa scoring on that day – James Okwuosa, who played for Orlando Pirates and Chippa United in the past.

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.