AmaZulu take on Cape Town City in historic clash


AmaZulu's Ovidy Karuru

AmaZulu FC will lock horns with Cape Town City in a historic Absa Premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday.

Kick-off is at 20h00.

Usuthu are heading into this encounter having drawn 1-1 with Orlando Pirates in their previous league game which was played in Johannesburg last weekend.

As a result, AmaZulu are placed 12th on the league standings with 15 points from 12 games. They are three points behind eighth-placed Cape Town City.

On Friday, Cavin Johnson’s side will face City for the first time in history. The Citizens were established in 2016 by the takeover of the Premier Soccer League (PSL)’s defunct Mpumalanga Black Aces franchise.

City, who are in their second season in the Absa Premiership, drew 1-1 with SuperSport United in their previous league game which was played in Pretoria last weekend.

AmaZulu attacking midfielder Ovidy Karuru says they aim to make history by defeating the Citizens in their first competitive meeting.

“I know it is the first time we are playing against Cape Town City,” Karuru said.

“But we have seen their previous games and they are a very good team. You can’t take that away from them.

“However, they have their weaknesses. They are conceding goals. So, we need to work on our finishing,” the Zimbabwe international continued.

“We have to go there fully prepared. Since it’s our first meeting, we need to make history by winning the game,” Karuru concluded.

Usuthu will leapfrog City into eighth place if they secure a victory over the Citizens, who have accumulated 18 points from 13 matches.

Good news for AmaZulu is that Phumlani Gumede is now available after missing the team’s last two league games due to suspension.

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