Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids (L) welcomes Nazeer Allie(R) to the club. Photo: @MaritzburgUtd via Twitter
Siyanda Zwane and Nazeer Allie are targeting flying starts in the KwaZulu-Natal derby for their new clubs.

Zwane is on loan at Lamontville Golden Arrows from Mamelodi Sundowns while Allie joined Maritzburg United from Bidvest Wits on a permanent deal last month.

The duo will meet on Sunday in the KZN derby at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on the opening weekend of the Absa Premiership (3pm kick-off).

The pair have been in the top flight for 13 years. They débuted in 2005 for coastal teams.

Zwane burst onto the scene for Abafana Bes’thende in 2005, the same year Ajax Cape Town launched Allie’s career.

At their previous clubs, they enjoyed trophy-laden spells.

Zwane was at Sundowns where he lifted the CAF Champions League, CAF Super Cup, Nedbank Cup and Telkom Knockout.

Siyanda Zwane in the colours of his previous club Ajax Cape Town. He will now be hoping to make an impact in the KZN derby when he turns out for Golden Arrows. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Allie was part of the Bidvest Wits team that clinched the Absa Premiership title in 2016/17, the MTN 8 crown in 2016 and the Telkom Knockout last season.

They are now embarking on a new journey with their respective clubs.

The game will be even more special to Zwane.

He is returning to the club that gave him his professional debut and he will be playing in front of his family.

“It is an amazing feeling for me going into the derby. I will be playing at home. My family will be there at the stadium. My kids will also be present. There’s no better motivation than that.

“If I get a chance, I will give it my best shot and hopefully we emerge victorious.

“That is our main goal on Sunday, we want to get the maximum points,” a confident Zwane explained.

Allie is also relishing the new challenge and is looking forward to getting off to a winning start.

“This is a different environment for me. I want to perform to the best of my ability. I will work hard to get into the team.

“We have a few young guys who are willing to learn and want to achieve more.

“The coaches really wanted me here and I think I can add value to the side.

“It is tough, it is a derby. It is a new game, three points and pride is at stake. We will go out there and try to win the game at all costs,” a calm Allie stated.

Arrows are eager to end their eight-year winless spell at Harry Gwala Stadium but the Team of Choice will want to stretch that record.

“I didn’t know that we haven’t won at Harry Gwala Stadium since 2010. It is a new season. Brand new things are about to happen.

“History will be made. We want to win. I came here with a winning mentality. I want to win every game.

Want to win

“There’s no match that I approach with the mentality of getting a draw. We really want to win, said Zwane.

Arrows dumped Maritzburg out of the KZN Premier’s Cup last week at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu.

But Allie isn’t reading too much into that pre-season result and is confident of starting this new chapter of his career with a win.


The Mercury

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