AmaZulu look to keep up outstanding form

Pablo Franco head coach of AmaZulu FC

AmaZulu will look to keep up their outstanding form when they welcome Stellenbosch FC for a DStv Premiership clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on the afternoon of Saturday 25 November 2023.

Kick-off is at 3.30pm CAT.

AmaZulu have put together a five-game unbeaten run across all competitions and ended their work before the November international break with back-to-back wins over local rivals Golden Arrows.

The first was a 3-0 home triumph (featuring a hat-trick from Sede Dion Junior) which earned Usuthu a spot in the semifinals of the Carling Knockout, while the second was an emotional 3-1 away triumph (featuring a hat-trick from Augustine Kwem) which was dedicated the memory of the late Bonginkosi Ntuli and lifted the club to eighth place on the DStv Premiership table.

β€œThe character of this team is amazing… they [AmaZulu players] fought very hard for the badge and for their teammate [Ntuli]. It’s just unbelievable how this team fights,” said coach Pablo Franco.

Stellenbosch, however, are also in fine form: the Cape side have put together a five-game unbeaten run of their own, and have also booked a spot in the Carling Knockout semis.

The Maroons were last in action with a 0-0 draw away to Chippa United, breaking a run of four straight wins and leaving them in 11th place on the log – just one point behind AmaZulu, having played the same number of league matches.

In head-to-head stats, AmaZulu and Stellenbosch have met in eight league matches dating back as far as 2019-20. Usuthu have claimed four wins compared to one for the Cape side, while three games have been drawn.

The teams each claimed a home victory over the other in last season’s league meetings, with AmaZulu winning 1-0 in Durban in October 2022, while the return game in Stellenbosch in March 2023 ended 2-0 in favour of the Maroons.