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AmaZulu have hardly forgotten the controversial Surprise Moriri goal that kicked them out of the lucrative Telkom Knockout first round last October.
And Usuthu technical adviser Ted Dumitru stopped just short of dubbing tomorrow's game against Sundowns at Super stadium payback time.
Moriri scored an opportunistic long-range goal while Usuthu goalkeeper Camara Kamoko was still making his way to his goal after the extra-time interval, and referee Ace Ncobo allowed the goal to stand.
Dumitru insists last October's "injustice" will give Usuthu extra motivation tomorrow.
"That so-called goal is still at the back of everybody's mind at AmaZulu. We are all looking forward to the game against Sundowns," Dumitru said.
The former Sundowns coach believes Usuthu are now gelling and will improve on their performance in the midweek win over Ajax Cape Town.
But Downs spokesman Alex Shakoane warned of a backlash after his team's shock 1-0 loss to Jomo Cosmos in midweek.
"We are wounded. AmaZulu need the points to move away from relegation but we need them more to defend the championship," Shakoane said.
Meanwhile, six matches involving Sundowns have been rejigged to accommodate their CAF Champions League campaign.
The new fixtures are: Bidvest Wits (January 24), Celtic (February 21), Leopards (March 7), Absa Cup last 16 (March 14), Maritzburg United (April 11) and Silver Stars (May 2).
l AmaZulu boss Patrick Sokhela has changed his tune and now says he will pay Dynamos boss Pat Malabela his money for the club "in a week".
This comes barely four days after he promised his supporters he would be settling the debt by Tuesday.
James Dlamini, Usuthu spokesman, confirmed yesterday that they would be paying Malabela in a week as they have raised the money. - additional reporting by Canaan Mdletshe