AmaZulu ready to host Chiefs


AmaZulu and Kaizer Chiefs will meet for their Premiership opener at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 11 August 2012, kick-off at 18h00.

Usuthu finished seventh in the 2011/12 league standings, picking up 41 points from their 30 matches.

It was just the second time in the PSL era (1996/97 onwards) that the 80 year old club finished in the top eight of the log standings.

The Durban side will be looking to repeat that feat this season and perhaps even improve on seventh-place.

Chiefs had a disappointing season in 2011/12 by their high standards, ending fifth on the log with 50 points, eight adrift of champions Orlando Pirates.

The Amakhosi’s aim this season is to try and end their league title drought: they were last crowned PSL champions back in 2005.

In head-to-head stats, AmaZulu and Chiefs have met in 46 league matches since 1985.

Amakhosi have 27 wins compared to just seven for Usuthu, while 12 matches have been drawn.

AmaZulu’s home record against Chiefs has seen them win just five of 22 matches. They last won a home game against the Soweto giants way back in the 1998/99 season.

Last season, both league games between the sides ended in goalless draws:

Kaizer Chiefs 0
AmaZulu 0

Chiefs: Khune; Tau, Isaacs, Zvasiya, Ritchie; Dladla, Nengomasha, Yende (Lebese 46′), Tshabalala; Parker (Masango 64′), Motaung Jnr (Majoro 46′)

AmaZulu: Kapini; Teyise, Nyadombo, Bukasa, Van Heerden; Mokoro, Zhuwawo, Senamela, Mbhele (Zwane 67′); G. Dlamini (Kgatla 71′); A Dlamini (Lekata 81′)

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