Usuthu to make fourth MTN8 appearance

AmaZulu FC are set to make their fourth appearance in the South African top-eight competition in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era.

The KwaZulu-Natal giants qualified for next season’s MTN8 after finishing seventh on the 2021-22 DStv Premiership standings.

Usuthu will take on Cape Town City in a quarter-final encounter with the Mother City side having finished second on the league table during the recent campaign.

This will be AmaZulu’s fourth appearance in the lucrative tournament which is sponsored by Africa’s premium telecommunications network provider, MTN.

The Durban-based side made its debut appearance in this competition in 2009 having finished eighth in the league during the 2008/09 campaign.

They reached the two-legged semi-finals where they were eliminated by eventual champions Lamontville Golden Arrows having defeated SuperSport United in the quarter-finals.

Usuthu then featured in the 2012 edition after securing a seventh spot finish in the league during the 2011/12 term under Swedish coach Roger Palmgren.

Unfortunately, AmaZulu were defeated by Moroka Swallows in the first round (quarter-finals) and the Soweto giants went on to win the tournament.

The 2021-22 campaign saw Usuthu make their return to the competition after being guided to a second spot finish by coach Benni McCarthy in the previous term.

They were beaten by eventual runners-up Cape Town City in the quarter-finals and coach Brandon Truter’s side will be seeking redemption when the two teams meet in August.