Usuthu target Ajax scalp


Bongani Ndulula of AmaZulu

AmaZulu will look to hand Ajax Cape Town a third successive Absa Premiership defeat when the teams meet at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday, 16 December 2014, kick-off at 19h30.

Ajax suffered a second successive defeat when they were beaten 4-0 by Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

The Cape side has claimed 17 points from eight home matches this season.

Their next three league opponents are Mamelodi Sundowns (away), Polokwane City and Chippa United (both home).

The Urban Warriors are placed fourth on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from 16 matches.

AmaZulu played to a 1-1 draw away to provincial rivals Maritzburg United on Friday, fighting back from a goal down to claim a share of the spoils despite playing the final 20 minutes with 10 men.

The Durban club has claimed four points from eight away matches this season. It is a record that new coach Steve Barker will be looking to improve on, starting with this trip to the Mother City.

Their next three league opponents are Moroka Swallows, Orlando Pirates (both home) and Bloemfontein Celtic (away).

Usuthu are placed 16th on the Absa Premiership log with eight points from 14 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Ajax and AmaZulu have met in 23 league matches since 1999/2000.

The Urban Warriors have 11 wins compared to seven for Usuthu, while five matches have been drawn.

Ajax have won six of their 11 home matches against AmaZulu, suffering two defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season in Durban, they played out a goalless stalemate.

Ajax’s line-up from their 4-0 loss to Pirates: Jaakkola, Allie, Coetzee, Jenniker, Lebusa, Davids, Morris (Nkoana 77’), Scott (Ngalande 82’), Paulse (Sadaoui 54’), Lolo, Cale.

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Maritzburg: Mngoma, Nyadombo, Johannes, Ouro-Akoriko (Shange 70’), Mwedihanga, Hlanti, Shabalala, G. Dlamini, Were Ooko (A. Dlamini 46’), Mwape, Ndulula (Madondo 83’).

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