Posted on May 18, 2012 12:37
AmaZulu will look to defend their place in the top eight of the Absa Premiership when they travel to take on Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off at 15h00.
Chiefs come into the match on the back of three successive wins, with their latest result a 2-1 victory away to Free State Stars. The Amakhosi are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with 49 points from 29 matches.
AmaZulu were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-threatened Santos in their last league outing.
The Durban side has an excellent away record this season, with six wins, six draws and just two losses from 14 matches on the road. Usuthu are placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 40 points from 29 matches.
In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and AmaZulu have met in 45 league matches since 1985.The Amakhosi have 27 wins compared to seven for seven for Usuthu, while 11 matches have been drawn.
AmaZulu PR and Communications manager Philani Mabaso knows the importance of this clash and agrees that the players themselves acknowledge the seriousness of the top 8 fight.
“It has been a while since the team finished in the top 8 and I think with the effort put in by the boys the whole season, they deserve to at least get a shot at another silverware competition. This is important for the club and I was at the training field today with the boys and it was outlined to them the goal of this game,” said the communications manager.
With the winning form of Chiefs it is clear that this will not be an easy battle for both teams as it is to the wire now.
“Chiefs are a good team and we all know that which is why I think the boys won’t need any motivation. We have nothing to lose and much to gain so if we put our heads to it, it shouldn’t be mission impossible. We do not rely on other teams but ourselves, we are worriers and to the battle we go.”