AmaZulu out to end Highland Park’s title hopes


AmaZulu will be out to end 2015/16 National First Division (NFD) season on a good note when they face Highlands Park away at the Makhulong Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15h00.

Usuthu drew 1-1 with Cape Town All Stars at home in their previous league game. Marc Van Heerden netted for the home side.

The KwaZulu-Natal giants are winless in their last eight league matches. They have recorded five defeats and three draws during their current run.

The last time Usuthu tasted victory in the league was against Vasco Da Gama in February 2016. They won 1-0 and this was also their last away league win.

Good news for Usuthu is the fact that they do not have any players now technical members on this week’s NFD suspension list.

AmaZulu are placed ninth on NFD standings with 36 points from 29 matches. They are only a point behind eighth-placed Black Leopards.

Meanwhile, Highlands, who have already secured their spot in the PSL Promotion/Relegation play-offs, will be eyeing AmaZulu’s scalp when they host them on Sunday.

The Lions of the North suffered a 1-0 defeat to Mthatha Bucks away in their previous league game at the Mthatha Stadium.

The Gauteng side’s 16-match unbeaten run in the league also came to an end. They had won 11 and drawn five during their incredible run.

They won their last home league match against Leopards in early May 2016. The Lions of the North emerged 2-0 winners on the day.

The Lions of the North will be without Auguston Leonardo. Highland Park’s versatile player is set to serve his suspension on Sunday afternoon.

Park are placed second on the NFD standings with 56 points from 29 matches. They are three points behind leaders Baroka FC.

Allan Freese’s side can still win the NFD title and gain automatic promotion to the PSL if they beat AmaZulu and other results go their way.

When Highlands and AmaZulu clashed in the first round league game, the latter won 2-1 at the Princess Magogo Stadium on the 7th of November 2015.

Van Heerden and Refentse Mphele (own-goal) netted for Usuthu, while Mathobi Mvala scored for the Lions of the North on the day.

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