Usuthu out to seal top eight spot


AmaZulu will look to secure their place in the top half of the Absa Premiership table when they play their last match of the season against Kaizer Chiefs at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday at 3pm.

Usuthu are currently placed seventh on the table with 42 points from 29 matches following Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over local rivals Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Craig Rosslee’s side has claimed 20 points from their 14 away matches so far this season and will need another positive result on the road to be assured of a top-eight finish.

Chiefs returned to winning ways in the league when they defeated University of Pretoria 1-0 away in their midweek encounter.

The Soweto giants have claimed 30 points from their 14 home matches so far this season.

The Amakhosi are placed second on the Absa Premiership log with 60 points from 29 matches and are guaranteed to finish in that position.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and AmaZulu have met in 49 league matches since 1985.

The Amakhosi have 30 wins compared to seven for Usuthu, while 12 matches have been drawn.

Chiefs have won 18 of the 25 home matches they have had against AmaZulu, suffering just two defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, the Amakhosi claimed an emphatic 4-1 away victory, their third in succession over Usuthu.

Right fullback Bongi Macala returns to the fray for Usuthu after missing the clash against Arrows due to suspension.

Carlington Nyadombo, who was also suspended for that clash, remains on the sidelines due to injury.

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