Rejuvenated AmaZulu welcome Chiefs in TKO


Mhlengi Cele

AmaZulu FC will lock horns with Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 20h15.

Usuthu are coming off a morale boosting 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership match which was played at the Lucas Moripe Stadium last weekend.

Prior to facing the former league champions, AmaZulu had suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat to Polokwane City at home in a league game.

Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhuti Khenyeza, who are former Chiefs strikers, netted for Usuthu against Sundowns.

The two experienced forwards will look to score again and help Cavin Johnson’s side advance to the quarter-finals of the lucrative competition.

AmaZulu won this tournament in 1992 when it was still known as the Coca Cola Cup. The KwaZulu-Natal giants beat Chiefs 2-1 in the final at the FNB Stadium.

Meanwhile, Chiefs held their fierce rivals Orlando Pirates to a goalless draw in a league match which was played at FNB Stadium last weekend.

Before clashing Pirates, Amakhosi had secured a 2-1 away win over their Gauteng rivals Sundowns in a league match.

Gustavo Paez, who is Chiefs’ top goal scorer with three goals this season, has recovered from his injury.

The Venezuelan striker is likely to start for Steve Komphela’s side and he will be hoping to fire the Soweto giants into the next round.

Chiefs are the most successful team in the history of league cup having won 13 titles. The last time they clinched the Telkom Knockout Cup was in 2010.

The last meeting between AmaZulu and Chiefs in this competition was in October, 2010 and the encounter was played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Abia Nale and Reneilwe Letsholonyane both netted for Amakhosi as they overcame Usuthu 2-0 in a Last 16 match.

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