Usuthu eye second consecutive NFD win


Siyabonga Nomvethe dribbling the ball.

AmaZulu will welcome Witbank Spurs in an National First Division (NFD) game at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15h30.

Usuthu are coming off a narrow 3-2 defeat to Platinum Stars in the Nedbank Cup last 32 game which was played in Moruleng, North West in midweek.

Samuel Darpoh fired Usuthu into the lead in the first-half, while Boysen Mbatha made it 2-2 for the visitors, but the home side grabbed a late winner.

The Durban side won their last league game 1-0 against Mbombela United thanks to Roggert Nyundu’s late goal in KaNyamazane, Mpumalanga a fortnight ago.

The win extended Usuthu’s unbeaten run to three league matches. They have recorded three draws, one win and one defeat in their last five league games.

AmaZulu are placed sixth on the league standings with 29 points from 20 matches. They are three points behind third-placed Royal Eagles.

Nyundu has opened his scoring account for Usuthu and the forward will now look to inspire the KwaZulu-Natal giants to victory on Sunday.

Usuthu head coach Joey Antipas will be keen to mastermind a victory for his side as they look to keep up with the top three teams on the league table.

Meanwhile, Spurs were edged out 1-0 by Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup last 32 game which was played in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape in midweek.

Siyavutha played to a 2-2 stalemate with Jomo Cosmos in their last league game which was played in Witbank, Mpumalanga a fortnight ago.

Sabelo Nyembe made it 1-1 for Spurs in the first-half, before Peter Mubayiwa gave the home side the lead, but the visitors snatched a late equalizer.

The draw extended Siyavutha’s winless run to five league matches. They have recorded three draws and two defeats during their current run.

Spurs are placed ninth on the league standings with 27 points from 20 matches. They are only two points behind eighth-placed University of Pretoria.

Joshua Sauls, who has netted five league goals for Spurs this season, will be hoping to inspire the Mpumalanga side to victory in Durban.

Siyavutha coach Themba Mafu knows that a win over Usuthu will see his side keep within touching distance with third placed Eagles.

When AmaZulu and Spurs met in the first-round league clash, the latter emerged 1-0 winners five months ago.

Sici Shelembe scored the only goal of the match for Siyavutha in the second-half at the Puma Rugby Stadium.

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