Usuthu captain ready for United

AMAZULU captain Pere "Stop Nonsense" Ariweriyai refuses to be cowed by the reputation and achievements of tonight's MTN8 quarterfinal opponents SuperSport United.

AMAZULU captain Pere "Stop Nonsense" Ariweriyai refuses to be cowed by the reputation and achievements of tonight's MTN8 quarterfinal opponents SuperSport United.

"We are not afraid of United and we can play them at any given time," said the tough Nigerian defender yesterday.

Usuthu welcome Matsatsantsa to Chatsworth Stadium in Durban, with the kickoff at 8.15pm.

Ariweriyai said they would not be intimidated by Gavin Hunt's side, which won back-to-back Absa Premiership titles.

"Their past dominance over us will be over (tonight). We are now a more balanced team and will hold our own against any team in the league," said Ariweriyai, who was named the AmaZulu captain for the season yesterday.

The 25-year-old centre-back is one of the most talented foreign defenders in the country.

He contributed to Usuthu's success last season, and was deservedly voted the club's players' player of the season.

Myron Shongwe and Bradley Ritson should also play pivotal roles in Neil Tovey's side tonight. Ariweriyai will be tested by Anthony Laffor, one of the most exciting forwards in the country.

Laffor was cautiously optimistic about United's chances in Durban.

"Every team will go the extra mile to beat us to prove a point," he said yesterday. "But we have players worth their salt and we should compete with AmaZulu in their own backyard."

Rudi Isaacs, Bongani Khumalo, Daine Klate and stylish Amajita midfielder Masibusane Zongo could also trouble Usuthu.

There will be two Wafa Wafa matches tomorrow, pitting Orlando Pirates against Ajax Cape Town at Ellis Park Stadium at 7.30pm and Free State Stars against Lamontville Golden Arrows at Charles Mopeli Stadium at 8.15pm.

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