AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson says the PSL’s “two oldest horses” will race on Sunday at King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.
Usuthu are 86 years old, five years the senior of title-chasing Pirates.
Milutin Sredojevic’s men, who are in hot pursuit of log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, were unlucky last night as they dominated much of their game against SuperSport United, hitting the post twice in a goalless affair at Mbombela Stadium.
Usuthu warmed up for the upcoming contest with a come-from-behind draw against Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend to ease their relegation concerns.
“It’s always a big game against Pirates but they’re coming to King Zwelithini Stadium and they’ve been on a very, very good run,” Johnson said.
“I think they haven’t lost for quite some time but at the same time I think it’s two of the oldest horses playing this weekend against each other at King Zwelithini.
“They’re 73 [Ed: 81] and we are 85 [Ed: 86] so it’s two old boys on Saturday, hopefully the boys are prepared.
“But playing the perfect game is not always perfect hey and that’s why the ball is round. They say the ball is round because the answer’s inside the ball.
“Flatten the ball and you can’t play football anymore. So perfect, no. Probably an awareness of what is happening now, it is probably going to be more important than trying to play a perfect game.”
Johnson says his men have raised their intensity in training in preparation for the visit of Bucs.
“You standing here now, you can hear the atmosphere within the club is always high when we play against the bigger teams,” he added.
“Players want to play, players want to show that they want to come out. But in one moment at this time of the season as well everybody’s had some game-time. Everybody’s prepared and they don’t have any physical injuries or nobody is nursing injuries, anything like that.
“Sometimes it [team selection for a big game] becomes very difficult.
“Because one of them will show extra work probably the whole week. You gotta be very, very careful, very mindful about what they bring to the team on that particular day, and what the team needs from them.
“So ja in some moments a little bit difficult but in other moments it’s not been difficult.”
Johnson is boosted by the return from suspension of attacking midfielder Siyethemba Mnguni for the game in Umlazi, which kicks off at 15h00.