Usuthu out to extend unbeaten run at Chiefs

Wayde Jooste of AmaZulu FC during a training session.

AmaZulu FC will be looking to maintain their unbeaten run against Kaizer Chiefs when they meet in Saturday’s DStv Premiership encounter at FNB Stadium.

Kick-off is at 5:30 pm CAT.

Usuthu are winless in the current season and they are under a new coach in Pablo Franco Martin who is yet to taste a defeat as his first three league games have all ended in a draw including last weekend’s 0-0 stalemate against Richards Bay.

AmaZulu right-back Wayde Jooste says there are many positives that they can take from their first three games including the fact that they are yet to concede this season.

“The mood in the camp is still the same since the first game. We can take a lot of positives from the three games that we have played,” Jooste said.

“We haven’t conceded a goal and we haven’t lost. So, we are going into Saturday’s game in high spirits. The guys are ready and we are preparing very well.

“The fans should keep supporting us and be with us all the way. We are working hard at training and during matches to get the victory and bring joy and happiness to the supporters.”

Meanwhile, Chiefs have been licking their wounds this week after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to TS Galaxy last weekend and the loss piled pressure on coach Molefi Ntseki as the Soweto giants remain winless in the DStv Premiership this term.

Ntseki has called for calm from the Amakhosi faithful ahead of their clash with AmaZulu as the embattled coach looks to mastermind a win that would ease pressure on himself.

β€œIt’s a new team we have with about six new players and a new coach. We understand that the supporters want [immediate] results and that they are impatient,” Ntseki said.

β€œBut just like them, we are also frustrated with the results. We are working hard as a team to improve the situation and win games.

β€œThings will soon change as players try to understand each other. As coaches, we will also get our combinations right.”

Previous meetings

This will be the 65th league meeting between Chiefs and AmaZulu since 1985.

Amakhosi have the upper hand in this rivalry having recorded 37 victories compared to Usuthu’s 10 wins while 17 games ended in a draw.

Their most recent meeting ended in a 4-0 win in favour of AmaZulu who hammered a hapless Chiefs side in a game played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in January 2023.

Therefore, Chiefs are winless in their last seven matches against AmaZulu across all competitions – losing twice and drawing five times.