Cape Town - In-form
SuperSport United will be without suspended defender Sibusiso Khumalo when they
entertain strugglers AmaZulu in a Premiership encounter at the Lucas Moripe
Read: SSU chase AmaZulu win
Matsatsantsa will also be without new signing Daine Klate,
who is on loan from Orlando Pirates, as he concludes the final two weeks of
rehabilitation following a muscular injury.
The Pretoria club are in the midst of a purple patch of
form, having won three matches in a row, all rather impressively.
They dispatched Polokwane City 4-1 in the Nedbank Cup in
midweek with new strike partnership of Kingston Nkhatha and Jeremy Brockie
again coming to the fore.
Usuthu, meanwhile, cannot buy a win. They are on a five-game
losing streak stretching back to last year and sunk to a new lows when they
were dumped out of the Nedbank Cup by lower division Lamontville Golden Arrows
2-1 last week.
They improved during a 1-0 league loss to Mamelodi Sundowns
in midweek and boss Steve Barker remains hopeful that they can survive, despite
staying nine points behind second-last Platinum Stars at the bottom of the
"The fixture list hasn't been too kind to us to start
of the year, but we still believe," the beleaguered Usuthu coach said.
"I'm confident if we can get a result at SuperSport at the weekend, such a
result can be a turning-point.
"I see a team very capable of going on a run, but we
just need that one result to set things off for us."
Barker will be boosted by the availability of Mbulelo Mabiza
and Bornwell Mwape after suspension, while Energy Murambadoro is also back
after illness. although he is only expected to make the bench after Aubrey
Mathibe deputised admirably in midweek.
Roscoe Pietersen is unavailable due to the terms of his
signing from ex-club United, with Nhlanhla Shabalala and Larry Horaeb out
Carlington Nyadombo has been suspended by the club for
Last season Usuthu took four points off Matsatsantsa,
drawing 1-1 in Durban and winning 1-0 in Tshwane.
Kick-off is at 15:30 on Sunday, March 10.