AmaZulu eye Sundowns scalp in Tshwane


Jabulani Ncobeni

AmaZulu FC will take on Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 20h15.

Usuthu are coming off a narrow 3-2 defeat to Polokwane City in a league match which was played at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday.

Rhulani Manzini and Mhlengi Cele both scored as AmaZulu registered their third league defeat of the season – having also recorded two wins and two draws.

AmaZulu are placed 11th on the league standings with eight points from seven matches. They are two points behind seventh-placed Free State Stars.

A victory for Usuthu over the former league champions Sundowns, will see the Cavin Johnson’s side move back into the top eight depending on other results.

Usuthu coach Johnson will be hoping that Manzini, who has now scored four league goals for AmaZulu, continues his scoring form and helps his side secure an away win.

Meanwhile, Sundowns were defeated 2-1 by Kaizer Chiefs in their previous league match which was played at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday.

Themba Zwane netted for the Brazilians as they suffered their second league defeat of the season – having also registered three wins.

Sundowns are placed eigth on the league standings with nine points from five matches. They are three points behind sixth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic.

Pitso Mosimane, the Brazilians coach, is aware of the fact that a win for his side on Saturday will see the Tshwane giants remain in the top eight.

The Brazilians will look to in-form South Africa international Percy Tau, who has scored two league goals this season.

The last time AmaZulu and Sundowns clashed in an Absa Premiership match was on 24 February 2015.

Cuthbert Malajila’s second-half goal earned the Brazilians a 1-0 win over Usuthu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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