Rejuvenated Usuthu welcome Magesi


Mabhuti Khenyeza of AmaZulu leading the warm-up during the National First Division 2016/17 AmaZulu training session at Peoples Park, Durban South Africa on 22 September 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

AmaZulu will lock horns with Magesi FC in the National First Division (NFD) encounter at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15h00.

Usuthu fought back to beat Stellenbosch 2-1 in their last league match in Cape Town almost two weeks ago. Tapelo Nyongo and Vukile Mngqibisa netted for AmaZulu.

This was the Durban side’s second win in their last five league games. They have recorded two draws, two wins and a defeat against Witbank Spurs in their last five games.

AmaZulu are placed seventh on the league standings with 32 points from 22 matches. They are only two points behind third-placed Stellenbosch.

Nyongo, who has two league goals for Usuthu this season, is proving to be a key player for Usuthu. The AmaZulu captain and defender will look to lead his side to another win at home.

A victory for Joey Antipas’ side on Sunday could see Usuthu move into the top three on the league standings if other results go their way.

Meanwhile, Magesi registered a morale boosting 4-2 win over Royal Eagles in their last league game in Polokwane nearly two weeks ago.

Dithloriso Mphyane (brace), Thembisani Nevhulamba hit the back of the net for the home side, while Karabo Litabe netted an own-goal.

This was Polokwane side’s second win in their last five league matches. The other three matches ended in defeats to University of Pretoria, Mthatha Bucks and Santos FC.

Magesi placed 15th on the league standings with 19 points from 22 matches. They are only a point behind 14th-placed Milano United AFC.

Mphyane is Magesi’s key player in attack having netted five goals in nine matches this season. The forward will be hoping to help his side win in Durban.

Shepherd Murape, Magesi’s head coach, knows that a victory over Usuthu will see his side move out of the relegation zone should other results go their way.

When AmaZulu and Magesi met in the first-round league match, the latter emerged 3-2 winners at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium last November.

Mphyane hit the back of the net three times for the home side, while Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhuti Khenyeza netted for Usuthu.

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