Absa Premiership

Preview: SuperSport v AmaZulu

2015-02-27 15:06
Sibusiso Khumalo (Gallo Images)

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 Stadium.

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 table.

"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 injured.

Carlington Nyadombo has been suspended by the club for disciplinary issues.

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.

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