AMAZULU striker Myron "Jasper" Shongwe yesterday said the team will dedicate the KwaZulu-Natal MTN8 semifinal derby against Lamontville Golden Arrows to their former teammate Masoeng Jan Sillo, who died on Monday.
Sillo, a defender at Usuthu, died in a car accident between Bethlehem and Harrismith.
The match will be played at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday. Kickoff is at 3pm.
Shongwe said they will also use the match to maintain their dominance over Abafana Bes'thende, who they beat twice last season.
"This season we have a very strong and committed team compared to last season. We will not underestimate our opponents by the mere virtue that they were stripped of the experienced players Papi Zothwane and Kagisho Dikgacoi.
"I am confident that, come Sunday, we will send them packing," said the former Black Leopards striker.
Shongwe is expected to partner Dumisani Ngwenya or Bradley Ritson upfront. In the middle of the park Bafo Biyela, Reagan Noble, Japhet Zwane and Ntokozo Sikhakhane will be responsible for ball distribution.
Usuthu may not get an easy ride as Arrows have talented and capable players in Philane Shange, Siyabonga Sangweni, Musa Bilankulu and lethal striker Richard "Kimberley Express" Henyekane, who will be drawing on the bow string that will launch the arrow to sting Usuthu. Arrows captain Joseph Musonda said they will do all that is possible to beat AmaZulu.
"The morale in the camp is very high, everyone is ready for battle."
Abafana Bes'thende's highest achievement was in 2002 when they reached the semifinal of the Coca-Cola Cup.
Their second leg match will be played next weekend at the same venue .