AmaZulu have rallied its die hard supporters to get behind the club as they prepare to host Supersport United at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium in the Absa Premiership on Sunday, 12 January 2020.
The love affair between Usuthu supporters and Kings Park Stadium is well documented.
AmaZulu last played a competitive match at the home of the Cell C Sharks in 2010 where they came from behind to beat Mamelodi Sundowns on penalties in a Nedbank Cup semifinal.
Usuthu General Lunga Sokhela addressed media on 09 January 2020 in relation to the reasons behind the decision to move the match from King Zwelithini Stadium as the club’s home venue.
He said: “The reason for this is simple; the municipal grounds have been closed by the PSL. This includes King Zwelithini Stadium and Princess Magogo.”
“Many would’ve seen the poor state of the field during our match against Maritzburg United. Since then it has deteriorated even further. This indeed is disappointing as we are supposed to have a home ground advantage when we play home,” said Sokhela.
Josef Vukusic however remains confident home advantage at Kings Park will not be lost. “We were able to play a draw away in Cape Town against a team with good quality. I think at home against an inform Supersport United we will perform because we have our supporters behind us.
“Of course at times it can be worrying or confusing to change to much but there’s no excuse we are still at home and we’ll do our best against Supersport, ” said Vukusic.
The Slovakian born mentor will be without young attacking midfielder, Sphesihle Maduna due to suspension.
Injured goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha has been cleared to play by doctors after weeks out from cheekbone fracture.
Tickets for the match are available on sale at Ticket Pro outlets. Adult men pay R40 while women and children tickets are R20.
Due to various circumstances the club opted not to use its third-choice venue, Moses Mabhida Stadium for the fixture.
Princess Magogo Stadium was used by AmaZulu to host matches in October and November.
Bumpiness of the field among other things were reported by the match commissioner that oversaw the last match AmaZulu played at King Zwelithini Stadium on 01 December 2019 against Maritzburg United.
Prior to the KZN Derby the last match played was on 24 September 2019 against Kaizer Chiefs.
The stadium had been originally closed off to enable the repairing of the pitch after a the Umlazi Jazz Festival was hosted at the venue on 02 November 2019.Share