AmaZulu face Sundowns in TKO


AmaZulu FC will be away to Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2019 Telkom Knockout Cup Round of 16 clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15h00.

Sundowns come into the match on the back of three straight wins, including an 11-1 thrashing of Cote d’Or in the CAF Champions League and a 2-1 away triumph over Black Leopards in domestic action just before the recent international break.

The Brazilians are three-time champions in the Telkom Knockout, with their most recent triumph arriving in 2015. Last year they suffered a surprise defeat in the quarterfinals at the hands of eventual competition winners Baroka FC.

AmaZulu have endured a tough start to the campaign, but they finally claimed their first win when they defeated Cape Town City 2-1 at home just before the international break, with a last-gasp goal from Bonginkosi Ntuli to break their drought.

Usuthu won their only League Cup title in 1992, while their appearance in last year’s Telkom Knockout ended in the quarterfinals when they were beaten 3-1 at home after extra time by Orlando Pirates.

In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and AmaZulu have met in five previous cup matches. The Brazilians have claimed four outright wins while one game ended in a draw (and Usuthu won the subsequent penalty shootout). The teams’ last cup clash was in the quarterfinal of the 2014/15 Telkom Knockout, with ‘Downs winning 2-1 at home after extra time.

Overall, the clubs have faced off in 62 league and cup matches since 1985. The Brazilians have dominated the rivalry, claiming 40 wins compared to eight for Usuthu. However, the Durban side impressed against ‘Downs last season, taking four points from the clubs’ two league matches: a 3-3 draw at King Zwelithini Stadium in September 2018, while the return game at Loftus Versfeld in January 2019 brought a 2-0 win for the KwaZulu-Natal side, thanks to an own goal from Tebogo Langerman and a strike by Ovidy Karuru.

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