Benni McCarthy’s Amazulu entertain Gavin Hunt and his struggling Kaizer Chiefs side in the early kick-off on Wednesday.
Amazulu start the match in ninth place with 10 points from nine games. That is two points better than Chiefs, who are down in 14th place.
Usuthu under McCarthy, are looking like a formiddable challenge with his new squad quickly buying into his philosophy. They are unbeaten under his guidance and look to be improving all the time.
“What I can say is we’ve managed to understand him and the way he wants us to play,” said Amazulu’s Siyethemba Sithebe ahead of the encounter.
“We have collected four points under him and now against Chiefs we have to collect three points.”
Chiefs have their work cut out for them and will be without Khama Billiat, who broke a bone in his side’s loss to Maritzburg United. The Zimbabwean will be out for at least two months and joining him in missing today’s contest is Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro.
Midfield enforcer Willard Katsande and attacker Lebogang Manyama are also in doubt which leaves Hunt with few options after the club’s much-publicised transfer ban left him unable to tweak his squad since replacing Ernst Middendorp.
“Everyone knows the situation we are in and it is very important for us to get that win. Everyone is very focused. We’ve put ourselves in this situation and we need to fight and get ourselves up on the league table. Winning is vital and so is collecting the points available to us,” Dumisani Zuma told Chiefs’ official website.
The match at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium kicks off at 3pm.
Suggested bet: Draw at 2.93
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