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WHILE many of AmaZulu fans were disappointed when their team failed to qualify for the Telkom Charity Cup, their coach Neil Tovey is happy.
In fact, Tovey told Sowetan yesterday their failure to qualify for the event, won by Orlando Pirates in Rustenburg on Saturday, was a blessing in disguise.
AmaZulu led the voting charts early on and their spokesman Philani "Zane" Mabaso vowed nothing will preclude them from playing in the one-day, four-team event but the opposite was true.
Mabaso even visited their supporters in Gauteng in an effort to solicit more votes.
Tovey, the former Bafana Bafana skipper, said missing the tournament, had saved them enough energy for their highly anticipated MTN8 Cup tie against Supersport United in Durban tomorrow at Chatsworth Stadium at 8.15pm.
"The long road to Rustenburg could have impacted negatively on our preparations. Our pre-season training session went accordingly and most of the players are in good shape," Tovey said.
"We will repeat what we did against United last season when we defeated them 2-1 in the second round of our league match here in Durban."
Usuthu will pin their hopes on their talented forward Bradley Ritson who has been slowly getting back his scoring touch.
Bafo Biyela, Dumisani Ngwenya and new recruit Phelelani Dlamini will also be available for the match.
The hosts, though, will be without the injured Belux Kasongo and S'thembiso Dlamini and the suspended Reagan Noble.
For United's defender Bongani Khumalo a win against AmaZulu will go a long way to inspiring them for the new season which will be shortened for the World Cup.
"We are looking for a positive start to the season and I think we will triumph in Chatsworth on Tuesday," Khumalo said yesterday.
"We have worked hard at training and the matches we played in the off-season have sharpened us. It will not be easy down in Chatsworth but we will be equal to the task," added the Bafana Bafana defender.
United, mentored by the wily Gavin Hunt, also have capable players in the likes of stylish midfielder Jabulane Maluleke, Anthony Laffor, Morgan Gould and Elias Pelembe.
Hunt, however, will miss Letladi Madubanya, David Kannemeyer and Brent Carelse due to injured.
Another Wafa Wafa match tomorrow will see defending champions Kaizer Chiefs against Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium at 7.30pm.
Fresh from the Telkom Charity Cup victory, Orlando Pirates engage Ajax Cape Town at Ellis Park Stadium on Wednesday at 7:30pm.
Free State Stars and Lamontville Golden Arrows meet at Charles Mopeli Stadium in Qwa-Qwa at 8.15pm.