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AFTER brushing Mamelodi Sundowns aside, AmaZulu's golden striker Ayanda Dlamini is predicting that Usuthu will win the Nedbank Cup on Saturday.
Dlamini has assured the myriad Usuthu faithful that they will end the club's long Cup drought.
Usuthu have not won a cup competition in 18 years, stretching back to 1992 when they beat Kaizer Chiefs in the Coca-Cola Cup final at Soccer City.
Speaking after AmaZulu booted Sundowns out of the Nedbank Cup at Kings Park Stadium on Saturday, Dlamini urged their supporters to start buying tickets for the final at Soccer City on Saturday.
Usuthu beat Sundowns 4-3 in a dramatic penalty shootout. The match ended 1-all after 90 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra time.
AmaZulu will meet Bidvest Wits in the Ke Yona final after the latter beat Free State Stars 3-1 at Olen Park in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
"It is a great feeling to open the upgraded Soccer City, the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Fifa World Cup," Dlamini said.
"Wits will be tougher than Sundowns, who made a terrible mistake by underestimating us. We are more or less equal, so it's gonna be a great final for the fans.
"The title is coming to KwaZulu-Natal, there is no two ways about it," Dlamini said.
AmaZulu coach Neil Tovey said: "The three-year plan is slowly but surely coming together nicely. This day is long overdue. Eighteen years is too long."
Sundowns coach Trott Moloto said: "Congratulations to AmaZulu. My players went to sleep in the dying minutes and got punished when Sandile Gumede scored in the 89th minute."
Sundowns had taken the lead through Lebohang Mokeona in the 75th minuted after good work by Benedict Vilakazi.
AmaZulu were reduced to 10 men after Thabo Mabaso was red-carded.
It was the third match in a row in which an Usuthu player was sent off after Mark van Heerden and Warren Bishop were given their marching orders.