AmaZulu FC will be looking to return to winning ways in the DStv Premiership when they face Marumo Gallants at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 7:30 pm CAT.
Usuthu were held to a 0-0 draw by Kaizer Chiefs at home on Sunday, but it was Usuthu who progressed to the MTN8 final on the away goals rules as the tie ended in a 1-1 stalemate on aggregate.
The KwaZulu-Natal giants are currently placed ninth on the DStv Premiership standings – a point behind seventh-placed Stellenbosch FC and a win over Gallants will elevate Usuthu into the top eight.
AmaZulu head coach, Romain Folz insisted that he is not worried by his current side’s struggles in front of goal and he also believes Usuthu will soon be scoring goals again.
“I’m not worried, I know it’s going to come. To be honest, I prefer to win a solid 2-0 than a 6-4 for example,” Folz, who will be facing his former club, Gallants for the first time, said.
“As much as I want us to score, and I know we will. My priority is to get the team balanced. For every team coming to play us or us going to play them.
“For everyone to find a different task playing against us. It was the case against Chiefs. They have a very good team. For us to deny them creating chances against us, I think it’s a big accomplishment.”
Meanwhile, Gallants saw their three-match unbeaten run across all competitions come to an end when they suffered a slender 1-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns away in a league encounter on October 19.
As a result, Bahlabane Ba Ntwa remains rock bottom (16th spot) on the DStv Premiership standings – three points behind 11th-placed TS Galaxy and coach Dan Malesela’s side will be eyeing a win over Usuthu which would see Gallants climb out of the relegation zone.
Last season, AmaZulu collected four points from Gallants as the two teams drew 0-0 in Durban, before Usuthu claimed a 1-0 in Polokwane.
ALL LEAGUE RESULTS
Season Result Scorers
2021/22 AmaZulu 0-0 Gallants
2021/22 Gallants 0-1 AmaZulu Sikhakhane
LEAGUE RECORD (since 2021/22)
Gallants 1 0 0 1 0 1
AmaZulu 1 0 1 0 0 0
Gallants 1 0 1 0 0 0
AmaZulu 1 1 0 0 1 0
Gallants 2 0 1 1 0 1
AmaZulu 2 1 1 0 1 0