Nyatama, Qalinge consider Pirates to victory

Goals from Musa Nyatama and Thabo Qalinge saw Orlando Pirates claim a 2-1 win more than AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.

The result sees the Buccaneers continue to be in Absa Premiership title competition, as they shut to inside of 3 points of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns (who have a game in hand), even though Usuthu continues to be in tenth place on the log.

AmaZulu began strongly and claimed the lead in the eleventh minute: a fast counter-attack saw Ovidy Karuru run no cost down the proper flank right before giving a great small cross for Mabhuti Khenyeza to convert the ball home at the far post, 1-.

The team in eco-friendly were then ready to allow for Pirates the vast majority of possession, but they remained an excellent risk on the split, with the knowledge of Siyabonga Nomvethe and Khenyeza combining very well with the pace and vitality of Mhlengi Cele and Karuru.

The Buccaneers took an even though to get well from AmaZulu’s aggressive start, but in the 33rd minute, they drew level at 1-1, with Musa Nyatama’s glancing header from Luvoyo Memela’s no cost kick obtaining the far better of goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha.

Pirates endured an injury blow towards the top of the 1st 50 percent when Thembinkosi Lorch took an awkward drop and appeared to undergo a shoulder injury, necessitating the introduction of Augustine Mulenga at the start of the 2nd stanza.

The visitors appeared the likelier scorers right after the restart and AmaZulu goalkeeper Mbatha experienced quite a few heart-in-mouth moments wherever he wandered off his line to give Pirates hope of a 2nd goal but in some way the Usuthu defence held business.

On seventy-four minutes Mbatha pulled off an outstanding save, diving small to his proper to continue to keep out a small shot from Justin Shonga, right before AmaZulu wasted an excellent possibility, as Cele fired superior and large right after a low kick delivery glanced into his path.

AmaZulu’s courageous rearguard action lastly faltered in the eightieth minute, as a cross from the left by Harmless Maela was skipped by his teammates in the centre, but substitute Thabo Qalinge arrived late to fulfil the ball and strike a small shot into the again of the net, 2-1 to Bucs.

AmaZulu (1) 1 (Khenyeza 11’)

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Nyatama 33’, Qalinge 80’)

AmaZulu: S. Mbatha, Sikhakhane, M. Gumede, Ouro-Akoriko, Mabiliso, Ncube, Mnguni, Cele (Manzini 83’), Karuru, Nomvethe (Ncobeni 73’), Khenyeza (Morton 68’)

Pirates: Mpontshane, Thopola, Jele, Shitolo, Maela, Mlambo, Nyatama, Lorch (Mulenga 46’), Makola (Qalinge 61’), Memela (Munetsi 83’), Shonga


Unlucky AmaZulu held by Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Mbongeni Gumede of AmaZulu

Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 21:48

Kaizer Chiefs held AmaZulu to a 0-0 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.

As a result, AmaZulu climb up to ninth spot on the league table, while Chiefs move up to sixth spot.

Chiefs shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first-half as the hosts searched for the opening goal.

Siyethemba Mnguni tried his luck from range in the sixth minute and Khune made a decent save to deny the AmaZulu midfielder.

Usuthu were in control of the match with Amakhosi under pressure, but the hosts could not get their shots on target.

Mhlengi Cele had a chance to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu in the 20th minute and the striker fired wide of the target.

Khune, who was having a good game, produced two back-to-back saves with seven minutes left before half-time.

The South African international denied Mbongeni Gumede and Phumlani Gumede within a minute.

The score was 0-0 at the interval following a first-half which was dominated by AmaZulu, but they could not beat Chiefs captain Khune.

Usuthu had a chance to break the deadlock eight minutes into the second-half after they were awarded a penalty.

However, Khune came to Chiefs’ rescue once again as he made a good save to deny Manzini from the spot-kick.

Usuthu continued to launch attacks and Mhlengi Cele placed his effort over the crossbar in the 64th minute.

Boalefa Pule, Usuthu’s shot-stopper, then produced a great save to deny Gustavo Paez two minutes later as Chiefs searched for the opening goal.

The former South Africa youth international also denied Chiefs striker Bernard Parker in the latter stages of the game.

AmaZulu defender Phumlani Gumede received a red card in the dying minutes of the match and ultimately, the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

AmaZulu 0

Chiefs 0

AmaZulu: Pule B, Gumede P, Gumede M, Mtsweni, Sikhakhane, Morton, Ncube, Mnguni, Ncobeni (Karuru 60′), Cele (Daporh 90’+1), Manzini (Ntsundwana 82′).

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein (Tshabalala 66′), Molangoane, Páez (Zuma 83′), Parker (Jayiya 88′).

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AmaZulu fight back to hold Baroka – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Both Letladi Madubanya of Baroka FC and Mhlengi Cele of AmaZulu FC could not get to the ball during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between AmaZulu FC and Baroka FC at King Goodwill Zwelentini Stadium, Durban on 01 November 2017 ©Gerald Duraan/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 21:52

Baroka FC held AmaZulu FC to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.

As a result, Usuthu remain ninth on the league standings, on the league table, while Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele remain at the top of the log.

AmaZulu goalkeeper Boalefa Pule and his Baroka counterpart Virgil Vries were not seriously tested in the opening exchanges.

But Pule had to be alert in the 21st minute as Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele looked to break the deadlock.

The former South Africa youth international made a good save to deny Baroka attacker Sipho Moeti.

However, Pule was beaten in the 29th minute after the visitors were awarded a penalty which was converted by Gift Motupa.

Usuthu then pressed Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele and they deservedly equalized three minutes later.

Rhulani Manzini hit the back of the net with wonderful overhead kick to make it 1-1 with Vries well beaten.

Baroka then contained AmaZulu in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 1-1 at the interval.

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson made the first change of the game at the beginning of the second-half.

Siyethemba Mnguni replaced Boysen Mbatha as the home side looked to take the lead for the first time on the night.

But visitors’ defence stood firm with Usuthu struggling to create good goal scoring opportunites.

Mzwanele Mahashe, a defender by trade, was introduced by Bakgaga in the closing stages of the match as the visitors looked settle for a draw.

Baroka were able to defend very well in the latter stages of the match and ultimately, the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

AmaZulu (1) 1 (Manzini 33′)

Baroka (1) 1 (Motupa 29′)

AmaZulu: Pule, Gumede M, Mtsweni, Gumede P, Sikhakhane, Darpoh, Ncube, Mbatha B (Mnguni 46′), Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Khenyeza 68′).

Baroka: Vries, Shaku, Matloga (Mahashe 77′), Chawapiwa (Ngalande 63′), Banda, Moeti, Kgoetyane, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Motupa (Nguzana 83′).

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AmaZulu take aim at high-flying Baroka

Simphiwe Mtsweni of AmaZulu during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between AmaZulu and Platinum Stars at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 23 September 2017 © Steve Haag/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 10:08

AmaZulu will take aim at high-flying Absa Premiership leaders Baroka FC when the teams meet at King Zwelithini Stadium on 1 November 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

AmaZulu come into the match having claimed a surprise 2-1 away win over Mamelodi Sundowns on October 21. The Durban side’s first victory on the road this season was secured by goals from veteran strikers Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhuti Khenyeza.

Usuthu have a respectable home record this season, with eight points claimed from a possible 15. However, their last two turns as hosts have resulted in a 1-1 draw with struggling Platinum Stars and a 3-2 loss against Polokwane City.

Baroka suffered their first league defeat of the season when they went down 1-0 at home to Bidvest Wits on October 22. The Limpopo side had put together an eight-match unbeaten run prior to that result and still lead the log table despite the defeat.

Bakgaga have performed impressively away from home this season, claiming 10 points from a possible 12. Their last match on the road was a stunning 2-1 win over heavyweights Kaizer Chiefs in Durban in late September.

In terms of head-to-head stats, this will be the first top flight league meeting of AmaZulu and Baroka.

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 2-1 win over Sundowns on October 21: Pule, M. Gumede, P. Gumede, Ouro-Akoriko, Morton, Dlamini L, Darpoh, Mbatha B, Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Nomvethe 74′).

Baroka’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to Wits on October 22: Vries, Shaku, Matloga, Chawapihwa (Nguzana 77’), Banda, Moeti, Masenamela, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane (Nglande 55’), Macha (Motupa 8’).

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Chiefs beat AmaZulu to book TKO quarter-final spot

Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs clears Mabhuti Khenyeza of AmaZulu during 2017 Telkom Knockout match between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 28 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 22:26

Kaizer Chiefs overcame AmaZulu FC 3-0 in a Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

As a result, Amakhosi advance to the quarter-finals, while Usuthu are eliminated from the tournament.

Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune was kept busy by AmaZulu in the opening stages of the game and he denied AmaZulu striker Rhulani Manzini in the fifth minute.

However, the South Africa international should have been beaten in the 23rd minute, but AmaZulu striker Mabhuti Khenyeza missed the target from close range.

Chiefs then took the lead nine minutes later after the AmaZulu defence gave George Maluleka a lot of space.

The central midfielder then unleashed a shot into the top corner to make it 1-0 to Chiefs much to the delight of the Amakhosi fans.

AmaZulu tried to level matters before half-time, but Chiefs stood firm at the back and the score was 1-0 to the hosts at the interval.

Chiefs took control of the match after the restart with Willard Katsande stamping his authority in the middle of the park.

Hendrick Ekstein scored with a deflected shot to make it 2-0 to Chiefs in the 55th minute following a corner-kick.

The momentum was with the hosts and they extended their lead in the 59th minute through Siphiwe Tshabalala, who made it 3-0 from close range.

Cavin Johnson, the AmaZulu head coach, reacted by introducing Siyabonga Nomvethe a minute later as Usuthu looked to pull one back.

However, the former South Africa international was tightly marked by the Chiefs defence in the latter stages of the encounter.

AmaZulu striker Mhlengi Cele was denied by Khune at the near-post in the 87th minute and ultimately, Chiefs won 3-0 on the night.

Chiefs (1) 3 (Maluleka 32′, Ekstein 55′, Tshabalala 59′)

AmaZulu (0) 0

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleke, Ekstein (85′), Tshabalala (Moon 74′), Molangoane, Parker (Zuma 69′).

AmaZulu: Pule, Mbatha B, Sikhakhane, Gumede M, Gumede P, Darpoh, Ncube (Mnguni 83′), Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Ntsundwana 76′), Khenyeza (Nomvethe 60′).

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South African striking legend reflects on his all-time record of 120 goals – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – AmaZulu

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 15:30

After scoring for AmaZulu in their 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night in the South African Premier League, experienced striker Siyabonga Nomvethe says he never expected to reach this stage in his career.

‘Bhele’ will be turning 40 on December 2 and has taken his tally to 120 goals, becoming the South African Premier Soccer League’s all-time leading goal scorer.

Having also represented sides such as Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows as well as having stints in Europe, Nomvethe has hailed his healthy lifestyle.

On the other hand, his teammate Mabhudi Khenyeza, who scored the winner for Usuthu, also increased his goal tally to 107.

Khenyeza is behind the Brazilians’ former striker, Daniel Mudau, who retired after registering 108 goals in the all-time list of goal scorers in the PSL.

“It all comes down to dedication. I also spend a lot of time with my family and I work very hard at training so that I am always fit,” said Nomvethe after the game on Saturday.

“I don’t know when I will stop playing because my legs can still carry me.

“I never expected to reach this age while still playing professionally. Age is just a number, I am just making sure that I make use of the opportunity that I have to inspire others.

“There are youngsters that I have seen who can play for Bafana Bafana, for the junior national teams or even go to Europe, but they waste their talent because of doing things that are not right.”

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Platinum Stars hold AmaZulu – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Mhlengi Cele of AmaZulu during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between AmaZulu and Platinum Stars at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 23 September 2017 © Steve Haag/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Sep 23, 2017. 23:39

AmaZulu and Platinum Stars drew 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday night.

As a result, Usuthu climb up to seventh spot on the league standings, while Dikwena remain 16th on the log.

The visitors opened the scoring 20 minutes into the match through their new striker Thabang Sesinyi.

The Botswana international fired past AmaZulu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha to make it 1-0 to Stars.

Stars, who are yet to win an Absa Premiership match this season, were now oozing with confidence as they looked to double their lead.

However, Usuthu were stood firm at the back and the score was 1-0 to Stars at the interval.

A second-half which was dominated by AmaZulu followed, even though, they lost Tapelo Nyongo due to an injury.

The home side were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute and Rhulani Manzini converted from the spot-kick it to make it 1-1.

Usuthu then pushed for the winning goal in the closing stages of the match, but Stars were solid at the back and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

AmaZulu (0) 1 (Manzini 61′)

P Stars (1) 1 (Sesinyi 20′)

AmaZulu: Mbatha, Mtsweni, Gumede, Nyongo (Mngqibisa 57′), Ouro-Akoriko, Darboh, Ncube, Ncobeni, S.Dlamini (B.Mbatha 66′), Cele, Manzini (Khenyeza 84′).

P Stars: Mzimela, Ntuli, Jongh, Mere, Zulu, Mlilo, Mwedihanga, Ng’ambi (Kunene 88′), Mkhabela, Mbatha (Mpeta 73′), Sesinyi.

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Ten-man AmaZulu beat PSL champions – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

AmaZulu’s Rhulani Manzini

Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 21:46

AmaZulu thrashed Bidvest Wits 3-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday.

As a result, Usuthu climb up to seventh spot on the league standings, while Clever Boys drop down to 15th spot on the table.

The match got off to a lively start with both sides launching attacks in search of a early goal in the opening stages.

It was hosts who broke the deallock through central defensive midfielder Michael Morton, who had pushed forward.

The hardman found some space outside the box and he fired home a curling shot from range to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu in the 11th minute.

The defending league champions then took control of the match as they searched for the equalizing goal, but AmaZulu looked dangerous on transition.

Rhulani Manzini had a chance to make it 2-0 to AmaZulu in the 27th minute, but he was denied by Wits goalkeeper Moeeneb Josephs.

Wits hardman Granwald Scott was then booked for a lunging challenge in the midfield as AmaZulu continued to frustrate the visitors.

AmaZulu were leading 1-0 at the interval following an action-packed first-half in the city of Durban.

Cavin Johnson’s side started the second-half like a house on fire as they piled pressure on the visitors and they extended their lead.

Wits full-back Phumlani Ntshangase handled the ball in the box and AmaZulu were given a penalty which was scored by Rhulani Manzini to make it 2-0.

Usuthu continued their dominance over the Clever Boys and Manzini made it 3-0 with a powerful low shot two minutes later.

But the home side lost Morton, who received a straight red card in the 71st minute after he pushed Wits striker Frank Mhango to the ground.

AmaZulu were reduced to ten men, but they managed to defend very well in the closing stages of the entertaining encounter.

Tapelo Nyongo and his Usuthu troops were able to contain Wits and they secured a 3-0 win.

AmaZulu (1) 3 (Morton 11′, Manzini 60′, 62′)

Wits (0) 0

AmaZulu: Mbatha S, Gumede M, Mtsweni, Nyongo, Ouro-Akoriko, Morton, Ncube (Mnguni 66′), Dlamini S, Ncobeni (Nomvethe 79′), Cele, Manzini (Mbatha 78′).

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Khumalo, Hlanti, Scott, Motshwari, Ntshangase, Pule (Kodisang 66′), Claasen (Mhango 46′), Pienaar (Klate 46′), Gamal.

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Arrows and AmaZulu geared for Durban derby – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Reeve Fosler of Bidvest Wits challenged by Jabulani Shongwe of Golden Arrows during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows at Bidvest Wits Stadium on 13 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 09:36

Durban derby teams Golden Arrows and AmaZulu will play out their rivalry in the Absa Premiership when they meet at Princess Magogo Stadium on 17 September 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Arrows are riding high on confidence after they claimed a first league win of the season on September 13 with a 3-1 beating of champions Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg. The Durban side had too much power and pace for the Clever Boys, with goals from Lerato Lamola, Zolani Nkombelo and Nduduzo Sibiya securing the three points.

Abafana Bes’thende’s only home match in the league this season was a 1-1 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic last month. Coach Clinton Larsen will want another energetic performance from his players, who should be fired up for this cross-town battle.

AmaZulu come into the match having already played one derby this week: they were held 1-1 at home by fellow KwaZulu-Natal side Maritzburg United on September 12. The Durbanites needed a late goal from Mhlengi Cele to secure a share of the spoils.

Usuthu will be hoping for a better away result compared to their only previous match on the road this term, which ended in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chippa United prior to the recent international break.

In head-to-head stats, Arrows and AmaZulu have met in 20 league matches since 2001/02. Usuthu have claimed nine wins compared to eight for Abafana Bes’thende, while three matches have been drawn. The Lamontville-based side has recorded five wins and five draws from 10 matches as hosts in this rivalry.

The teams have not met in the top flight league since the 2013/14 season. In that campaign Usuthu claimed a league ‘double’ over their derby rivals with 3-0 and 1-0 triumphs away and home respectively. Abafana Bes’thende have not beaten AmaZulu since a league ‘double’ of their own in 2010/11.

Arrows’ line-up from their 3-1 win over Wits on September 13: Gumede, Mzava, Bilankulu, S. Dube, Mngwengwe, Nkombelo, Shongwe (Sibiya 68’), Magubane, Jooste (N. Cele 67’), Mahachi, Lamola (Mutizwa 81’).

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Maritzburg on September 12: Pule, Mtshweni, Sikhakhane, Nyongo, Morton, Darpoh, Mbatha (L.Dlamini 85′), Karuru (Karuru 72′), Nomvethe, Manzini, Khenyeza (Cele 66′).

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AmaZulu and Maritzburg share spoils in KZN Derby

Thembela Sikhakhane of AmaZulu and Mohau Mokate of Maritzburg United go for the ball during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between AmaZulu and Maritzburg United at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 12 September 2017 © Steve Haag/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 22:00

AmaZulu and Maritzburg United drew 1-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday.

Usuthu remain eighth on the league standings, while the Team of Choice also remain at the top of the table following a draw in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby.

AmaZulu shot-stopper Boalefa Pule was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first-half as Maritzburg pressed the hosts.

The former South Africa youth international produced a brilliant save to deny Pogiso Sanoka, who nearly scored in the 12th minute.

Mohau Mokate, the Maritzburg striker, had a chance to hand his side the lead with the half-hour mark approaching.

However, a last ditch tackle denied him as Usuthu continued to contain the Team of Choice, who were looking for their third successive league win.

The score was 0-0 at the interval after AmaZulu captain Tapelo Nyongo and his troops stood firm at the back in the first-half.

Usuthu played much better in the second-half, but the hosts found it difficult to penetrate the Team of Choice defence.

Cavin Johnson, the Usuthu coach, decided to introduce Mhlengi Cele, who scored 19 goals for Thanda Royal Zulu last season, in the 66th minute.

However, it was the visitors, who took lead through Mohau Mokate, who netted to make it 1-0 to Maritzburg in the 79th minute.

Usuthu never lost hope in the closing stages of the match as they launched late attacks in search of an equalizing goal.

Cele proved to be AmaZulu’s hero as he netted with a good header in the 88th minute and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

AmaZulu (0) 1 (Cele 88′)

Maritzburg (0) 1 (Mokate 79′)

AmaZulu: Pule, Mtshweni, Sikhakhane, Nyongo, Morton, Darpoh, Mbatha (L.Dlamini 85′), Karuru (Karuru 72′), Nomvethe, Manzini, Khenyeza (Cele 66′).

Marizburg: Ofori, Fransman (Van Wyk 70′), Sanoka, Xulu, Weidlich, Makaringe (Shandu 46′), Rusike, Maboe, Mekoa, Mokate, Ndlovu (Kunene 46′).

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AmaZulu, Maritzburg set for KZN derby – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Thembela Sikhakhane of AmaZulu FC during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between AmaZulu and Free State Stars at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 19 August 2017 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 09:00

KwaZulu-Natal rivals AmaZulu and Maritzburg United will meet for an Absa Premiership derby at King Zwelithini Stadium on 12 September 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

AmaZulu come into the game having had a mixed start to their 2017/18 PSL season. While they began the campaign on a high by defeating Free State Stars 1-0 at home, they were soon brought back to earth with a 0-2 loss away to Chippa United just three days later.

The defeat in the Eastern Cape will have been a wake-up call for Usuthu players and coach Cavin Johnson. Nonetheless a return to familiar surroundings after the international break will be a morale-boost as they go in search of a provincial derby win.

As for Maritzburg, they have enjoyed a superb start to the season, claiming back-to-back 2-0 wins over Platinum Stars (away) and Ajax Cape Town (home) to sit proudly atop the log heading into this round of fixtures.

Coach Fadlu Davids knows it is far too early for the Team of Choice to be carried by their fine start to the season and will demand a re-focus for what should be a fearsome encounter against their green-clad provincial rivals.

In head-to-head stats, AmaZulu and United have met in 16 league matches since 2006/07. The Pietermaritzburg side has claimed eight wins compared to two for their Durban counterparts, while six matches have ended in draws. Usuthu have a dire home record against their provincial rivals, with just one win (and five defeats) from eight turns as hosts.

The teams last met in the 2014/15 season, with the Team of Choice taking four points off AmaZulu. The teams drew 1-1 at the Harry Gwala Stadium in the first half of the campaign, while the return game on the final day saw United win 2-1 in Durban – a result which saw Usuthu relegated to the National First Division.

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 2-0 loss to Chippa on 22 August: Pule, Sikhakhane, Mtsweni, Mngqibisa, Nyongo,Morton, Darpoh, Zungu, Ramphele (Nomvethe 65′), Karuru, Khenyeza.

Maritzburg’s line-up from their 2-0 win over Ajax: Mpandle , Sanoka, Fransman, Xulu, Makaringe, Ndlovu, Shandu, Maboe (De Reuck 88′), Saal (Kunene 60′), Mekoa, Rusike (Mokate 87′).

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Chippa United defeat AmaZulu – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Kurt Lentjies of Chippa United and Augustine Ramphele of Amazulu during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Chippa United and Amazulu at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 22 August 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 21:33

Chippa United defeated AmaZulu 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

As a result, the Chilli Boys moved to the fourth spot on the league table, while the Chilli Boys dropped down to position seven on the standings.

Usuthu should have grabbed an early goal, but Michael Morton’s header went just over the crossbar a few minutes into the encounter.

The hard-working midfielder then found some space outside the Chippa box in the 26th minute and he forced goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo into a comfortable save.

However, lapse of concentration inside the AmaZulu box in the 38th minute handed the Chilli Boys an opportunity to break the deadlock.

The 2014/15 Absa Premiership Golden Boot winner Moeketsi Sekola made no mistake as he scored from close range to make it 1-0 to Chippa.

The Chilli Boys then pressed for another goal, but they were denied by AmaZulu goalkeeper Boalefa Pule, who produced a good save in the 40th minute.

The home side managed to contain AmaZulu in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 1-0 to Chippa at the interval.

Usuthu defender Simphiwe Mtsweni was booked a few minutes into the second-half as the Chilli Boys pressed AmaZulu in search of their second goal.

AmaZulu were able to launch promising attacks, but they lost possession in the final third without seriously testing Chippa goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo.

The momentum was with Chippa in the dying minutes of the match and they managed to double their lead thanks to Abel Mabaso’s goal.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns defender hit the back of the net to make it 2-0 to Chippa following a good move by Kurt Lentjies in the 81st minute.

Usuthu could not pull one back in the closing stages of the match as Chippa stood firm at the back and they emerged 2-0 winners on the night.

Chippa (1) 2 (Sekola 38′, Mabaso 81′)

AmaZulu (0) 0

Chippa: Mhlongo, Thopola, Macheke, Okwuosa, Maphanga, Mayambela (Mako 67′), Zuke, Mabaso, Mbokoma, Lentjies (Mdlinzo 85′), Sekola.

AmaZulu: Pule, Sikhakhane, Mtsweni, Mngqibisa, Nyongo,Morton, Darpoh, Zungu, Ramphele (Nomvethe 65′), Karuru, Khenyeza.

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Chippa, AmaZulu set for midweek battle – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Andile Mbenyane of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United on the 19 August 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 09:06

Chippa United and AmaZulu will meet for a midweek Absa Premiership battle at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 22 August 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Chippa opened their league campaign on a losing note as they went down 1-0 away to Orlando Pirates on Saturday evening. Thamsanqa Gabuza scored the only goal of the game as the Eastern Cape side slumped to a loss on the road.

It’s a feeling the Chilli Boys and coach Dan Malesela are used to, having suffered no less than 10 defeats from their 15 away matches last season. A return to Port Elizabeth this midweek will be very welcome, as they look to turn the NMBS into a fortress.

AmaZulu made a winning return to the top flight after they defeated Free State Stars 1-0 at home this past weekend. A late penalty from Tapelo Nyongo ensured the KwaZulu-Natal side got up and running with an early three pointer.

Coach Cavin Johnson will reiterate the need for discipline as his side heads down the East Coast for what promises to be a challenging clash against a dangerous and unpredictable opponent.

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and AmaZulu have met in just four previous league matches. The Eastern Cape side boasts an unbeaten record, with two victories and two draws – both of the stalemates arrived in home matches for the Chilli Boys, including the teams’ most recent meeting, a 1-1 draw back in March 2015.

That draw in the Eastern Cape followed a 1-0 win for Chippa earlier in the season, ensuring they took four points off Usuthu through the course of the 2014/15 PSL campaign.

Chippa’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to Pirates on 19 August: Mhlongo, Mako, Thopola, Okwuosa, Mdinzo, Zuke, Lentjies (Mabaso 50′), Masuku (Mayambela 67′), Macheke, Sekola, Mbenyane (Mbokoma 55′).

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Stars on 19 August: Pule, Mtsweni, Ouro-Akoriko, Sikhakhane, Nyongo, Morton, Darpoh, Zungu (Mngqibisa 67′), Karuru, Ramphele (L.Dlamini 79′), Khenyeza.

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AmaZulu set sights on SuperSport United duo

Michael Morton of Supersport United battles for the ball with Granwald Scott of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2014/15 football match between Ajax Cape Town and SuperSport United at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 7 December 2014 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 18:30

Michael Morton and Boalefa Pule are reportedly set to swap Pretoria for Durban with AmaZulu ready to swoop for the SuperSport United pair.

According to reports, Usuthu are honing in on the Matsatsantsa duo’s signature, with the club having re-acquired their Absa Premiership position following the purchase of Thanda Royal Zulu’s top-flight status.

Desperate to bolster their squad ahead of the 2017-18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, the KwaZulu-Natal club have turned their attention to two players fighting for game time in South Africa’s capital.

Morton has found himself coming off the bench more often than not, with Pule third in the pecking order behind both Rowen Williams and Reyaad Pieterse.

Moreover, report that Baroka FC have signed former SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder David Mathebula following a successful trial period at the Limpopo club. He has penned a one-year deal.

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BREAKING NEWS: AmaZulu buying Free State Stars’ status

Siyabonga Nomvethe of AmaZulu challenged by Tabiso Mpame of Cape Town All Stars during the National First Division 2016/17 match between AmaZulu and Cape Town All Stars at the Kings Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, South Africa on 23 April 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Scent ition

Thursday Jun 08, 2017. 17:15

In their bid to bounce back to the Absa Premiership, AmaZulu are engaged in talks to buy Free State Stars’ Premier Soccer League status. has been informed that Usuthu are working around the clock to bounce back to the elite division and are currently in talks with the Ea Lla Koto management.

This website has been reliably informed that the Durban-based outfit is currently engaging the Bethlehem-based side to return to the country’s top tier.

AmaZulu failed to qualify for PSL/NFD Promotional Play-Offs as they finished their 2016/17 National First Division campaign at number five with 37 points.

Although reports previously indicated that Usuthu management have tabled an offer to the newly-promoted Thanda Royal Zulu, the latest information is that talks with Stars are at an advanced stage with the help of the Ethekwini Municipality.

“There was a meeting on Wednesday and I can tell you that AmaZulu are seriously planning to play in the PSL next season,” revealed the source.

On the other hand, an Usuthu official said divulging such information could spoil many things because there is a lot at stake.

“Look, I can’t deny or confirm such information to the media because we all know what happens when such news is in the media,” said the Usuthu official.

“Buying or selling a club is a sensitive issue because it creates an environment where players, staff and the technical team could be concerned about losing jobs.

“I think one has to wait for the right time to deny or confirm such news. For now that is all I can say.”

This website made attempts to reach Stars general manager, Rantsi Mokoena, whose mobile phone was not answered whilst Usuthu’s general manager, Lunga Sokhela was not available on his mobile phone as well.

Furthermore, the municipality refused to comment, saying they cannot be drawn into speculation on sensitive matters such as this one.

AmaZulu were automatically relegated in the 2014/15 season and have failed to buy Mpumalanga Black Aces status last season as their bid was not approved by the PSL.

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