AmaZulu out to add to Dikwena's woes

AmaZulu will face struggling Platinum Stars in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 8:15pm.

Usuthu are exuding confidence after registering their second league win of the season when they defeated the defending champions Bidvest Wits 3-0 at home on Wednesday.

Rhulani Manzini (Brace) and Michael Morton netted for AmaZulu, who are placed seventh on the league log with seven points from five games. They are only a point behind fourth-placed Kaizer Chiefs.

Meanwhile, Stars recorded their fourth league defeat of the season when they lost 1-0 to Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

As a result, Dikwena, who are still winless this season, are placed 16th on the league standings with one point from five games. They are three points behind 14th-placed Polokwane City.

Possible starting line-ups:

AmaZulu: S.Mbatha, M.Gumede, Mtsweni, Nyongo, Ouro-Akoriko, Ncube, Mnguni, S.DlaminI, Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini.

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Ntuli, Jongh, Mere, Zulu, Mlilo, Mwedihanga, Ng'ambi, Mkhabela, Mbatha, Shilongo.



Season Result Scorers

2010/11 Stars 2-2 AmaZulu Ramolesa, Mandaza; Mbele, Vilane

2010/11 AmaZulu 1-0 Stars Mnyingwa

2011/12 Stars 0-1 AmaZulu G. Dlamini

2011/12 AmaZulu 1-2 Stars A. Dlamini; Botes, Malokase (pen)

2012/13 Stars 2-1 AmaZulu Nyadombo (og), Ng’ambi; A. Dlamini

2012/13 AmaZulu 1-0 Stars Manqana

2013/14 AmaZulu 2-0 Stars G. Dlamini 2

2013/14 Stars 1-0 AmaZulu Mere (pen)

2014/15 Stars 4-2 AmaZulu Rodgers 3 (1 pen), Mabena; Liphoko 2

2014/15 AmaZulu 0-0 Stars

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2003/04)

Home P W D L GF GA

AmaZulu 10 6 2 2 10 5

Stars 10 6 1 3 16 10

Away P W D L GF GA

AmaZulu 10 3 1 6 10 16

Stars 10 2 2 6 5 10

Total P W D L GF GA

AmaZulu 20 9 3 8 20 21

Stars 20 8 3 9 21 20

What are the teams saying

AmaZulu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha:

"Well, it's going to be a tough match because Stars are still winless this season and they will want record their first win against us," he said.

"So, we should not underestimate them. We need to continue with the same mentality that we had against Wits and work hard for a victory on Saturday.

"We are looking forward to this match and we believe that if we take our chances we will definitely beat them."

Platinum Stars head coach Roger De Sa:

"We are expecting a difficult match because AmaZulu are coming off a victory over Wits. I think they were fantastic against Wits on Wednesday," he said.

"They are a good team and they have made some good signings. They also have a good coach in Cavin Johnson, who has done well with team.

"This will be our fourth game within a short period of time and the team has been struggling. But we will be ready for the challenge."

Key Players


Tapelo Nyongo: The central defender is an inspirational leader in the AmaZulu defence and he was instrumental for his side against Bidvest Wits. The AmaZulu captain will be looking to ensure that his side keep another clean sheet when they host Stars.

Rhulani Manzini: The hard-working striker opened his scoring account for AmaZulu when he grabbed a brace in midweek. The former Platinum Stars marksman will be eager to haunt his former side and help Usuthu record their second consecutive league win.

Platinum Stars

Enocent Mkhabela: The central midfielder is the shield in front of the Stars defence and a key member of the team. The former Kaizer Chiefs player will be keen to play an important role and help Dikwena register in their first league win of the season in Durban.

Sibongakonke Mbatha: The teenage midfielder is slowly establishing himself as a key player for Stars - having scooped the Man of the Match accolade against Chippa United. The attacking midfielder will be hoping to inspire his side to victory over Usuthu.