Usuthu target top three spot

Boysen Mbatha of AmaZulu tackled by Tiago Da Serra of University of Pretoria during the National First Division 2016/17 match between University of Pretoria and AmaZulu at Tuks Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 11 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu and Jomo Cosmos will lock horns in an National First Division (NFD) match at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 15h00.

Usuthu are coming off a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Santos in their previous league match which was played at the Princess Magogo Stadium over the weekend.

Siyabonga Nomvethe opened the scoring for Usuthu, before Ovidy Karuru doubled the home side’s lead. Tapelo Nyongo extended Usuthu’s lead in the second-half.

As a result Usuthu returned to winning ways in the league. They had recorded two successive defeats to Black Leopards and Milano United, before facing Santos.

AmaZulu are placed fifth on the league table with 44 points from 28 matches. They are three points behind second-placed Leopards.

Joey Antipas’ side still have a chance of finishing in the top three and qualify for this season’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) Promotion/Relegation play-offs.

A victory over Cosmos at home, will see AmaZulu move back into the top three, if other results go their way on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Cosmos were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Royal Eagles in their previous league game with Tebogo Tlolane scoring for them over the weekend.

The defeat extended Ezenkosi’s winless run in the league to three matches. They have registered two defeats and one draw during their current run.

Cosmos are placed 11th on the league table with 35 points from 27 matches. They are two points behind eighth-placed Mthatha Bucks.

Jomo Sono’s side, who are left with three league matches, will look to win all of their remaining games and finish the season in a respectable position.

When AmaZulu and Cosmos clashed in the first-round league match last October, the latter emerged 4-1 winners in Potchefstroom.

Kevin Ndayisenga, Mxolisi Macuphu, Linda Mntambo and Tlolane all scored for Ezenkosi, while Nomvethe grabbed Usuthu’s consolation goal.

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