Cape Town - Ndumiso Mabena has overcome a knee problem and
will be fit for the Premiership clash between his side Platinum Stars and AmaZulu
Read: Dikwena, Usuthu seek PSL lift
Dikwena's star striker picked up the injury in the Telkom
Knockout semi-final win over Mamelodi Sundowns on November 9, but has since
However, Sibusiso Hadebe and Lucky Nguzana (both knee) are
ruled out of the clash at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, which will also be missed
by captain Vuyo Mere through suspension.
The hosts are expected to field their best available XI
despite having one eye on the Telkom Knockout final next week. They are
precariously placed in the league, sitting second from bottom, four points
ahead of their visitors, although they do have a game in hand.
Usuthu, meanwhile, are still without injured quartet John Arwuah,
Larry Horaeb, Ayanda Dlamini and Marc van Heerden, while Nhlanhla Shabalala is
an injury doubt due to a groin complaint.
Another man with availability doubts is key striker Bongani
Ndulula after he withdrew from the Bafana Bafana team that drew with Nigeria in
midweek because of flu.
AmaZulu are the only winless club in the Premiership this
season and interim coach Wilfred Mugeyi admitted the pressure is on to quickly
turns things around.
"We have had some problems and addressed them during
the international break," he said. "It's now time for us to deliver.
Hopefully we can make a good start to this next period of games and improve our
situation by Christmas."
Last season, Usuthu won 2-0 in Durban before Dikwena claimed
revenge with a 1-0 win in the return game in Rustenburg.
Kick-off is at 18:00 on Saturday, November 22.