AmaZulu FC’s technical team will take time to reflect on Usuthu’s start to the 2017/18 season during the current FIFA international break.
Usuthu have played six Absa Premiership matches – recording two wins, two draws and two defeats which sees them placed ninth on the league standings.
The Cavin Johnson-led technical team will also have enough time to plan for Usuthu’s next league fixture which is against Polokwane City at the King Zwelithini Stadium on 18 October 2017.
Previously known as Bay United, Rise and Shine have never defeated Usuthu in an Absa Premiership match. We look at the last four league matches between the two sides.
06 November 2013 | Polokwane City 1-1 AmaZulu
Rise and Shine welcomed Usuthu at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium following Polokwane’s promotion to the top-flight league.
The deadlock was broken four minutes after the half-hour mark and it was Ayanda Dlamini, who finished off the chance with his right foot to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu.
However, the home side restored parity in the 63rd minute when Kabelo Lichaba set-up Siphesihle Nzimande, who also scored with his right foot to make it 1-1.
The tightly contested encounter ended in a 1-1 stalemate and AmaZulu collected an important away point in Polokwane.
19 March 2014 | AmaZulu 1-0 Polokwane City
Usuthu played host to Rise and Shine at the Princess Magogo Stadium in a game which was dominated by the home side.
Bongani Ndulula and Njabulo Manqana, AmaZulu’s attackers, had chances to put their side into the lead in the first-half, but they could not beat Polokwane goalkeeper Modiri Marumo.
But Marumo was finally beaten in the 90th minute when Lucky Nguzana scored with a low volley and AmaZulu secured a 1-0 victory.
13 September 2014 | Polokwane City 2-2 AmaZulu
Rise and Shine locked horns with Usuthu at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in an entertaining encounter.
The hosts took the lead through Roggert Nyundu, who converted a penalty in the fourth minute. But the score was 1-1 at half-time after AmaZulu striker Bornwell Mwape had equalized with a right-footed shot on the half-hour mark.
AmaZulu then pushed for their second goal of the match, but Larry Horaeb netted an unfortunate own goal in the 64th minute – making it 2-1 to Polokwane.
The visitors never lost hope as they launched attacks and they were awarded a late penalty which was converted by Mwape in the 78th minute, and the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
15 April 2015 | AmaZulu 2-0 Polokwane
Usuthu maintained their unbeaten record against Rise and Shine when the two sides clashed at the Princess Magogo Stadium.
The hosts broke the deadlock after Mbulelo Mabizela set-up Goodman Dlamini, who fired home a low effort into the far corner to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu in the 30th minute.
Bonginkosi Ntuli then sealed AmaZulu’s 2-0 victory when he scored with a right-footed effort, with Robyn Johannes grabbing an assist in the 83rd minute.Share