AmaZulu will look to end their prolonged wait for their first league win in the Absa Premiership on Saturday when they play against in form Mpumalanga Black Aces at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Usuthu’s Togolese defender, Sedat Auro-Akoriko has hailed caretaker coach, Wilfred Mugeyi and his technical team for their efforts in instilling belief on the side, which also inspired the past weekend’s spirited performance in their quarter-final loss against Mamelodi Sundowns. “Now the focus is back on the league because we all know where we are in the league. We can’t play nine games and have four points. As players we’ve told ourselves that we have to work our hardest to change the situation. We’re more confident now and like against Sundowns we showed character. At home we’ll be a lot more confident,” said the 26 year old defender.
For weeks Durbanites have had to cringe in panic as one of SA’s richest club’s in heritage battles to set its 2014/15 season alight as they lie bottom on the log. AmaZulu’s last league encounter saw them manage a 0-0 result at Charles Mopeli Stadium last week against Free State Stars. On the other hand AmaZayoni managed a 2-1 win over Orlando Pirates 2-1 at Mbombela Stadium on 21 October which saw them close in on the league’s front runners. Three points is not all that is at stake as the former coach versus old club factor coming into play may have football scribes salivating as Usuthu look to overturn former coach Clive Barker’s 100 percent record of wins against AmaZulu from last season.
The 12th player effect will certainly also be called upon to inspire the KZN side. Both clubs met in pre-season during the e-tv Charity Showdown on 19 July 2014 where AmaZulu won 2-1.