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AmaZulu Seeks Revenge Against Orlando Pirates 

  • April 19, 2024
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AmaZulu Seeks Revenge Against Orlando Pirates 

AmaZulu will be looking to bounce back from their Nedbank Cup defeat to Orlando Pirates when they face them again in the DStv Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

However, AmaZulu’s record against Pirates in Johannesburg is concerning. Despite not winning at Moses Mabhida Stadium in recent encounters, they have not defeated the Soweto giants in Orlando since the venue was reopened in 2008.  

The only victory Usuthu registered over Pirates was the goal scored by Bongani Ndulula in the first game of the 2013/14 season at FNB Stadium when the former Kaizer Chiefs striker dispossessed Oupa Manyaisa before slotting past the late Senzo Meyiwa.  

The game was moved to Calabash because Orlando was not available and Usuthu have unfortunately not beaten Pirates in Gauteng since then.   

Pirates, as even preserved their unbeaten record in the 2010 World Cup where the game was held in Durban last week, coach Pablo Franco Martin will be hoping for a change in fortune after expressing frustration with refereeing decisions in that Nedbank Cup meeting. 

Historically, AmaZulu has struggled against Pirates, winning only three out of the last 35 matches. Pirates’ home record this season is strong, with only Mamelodi Sundowns and Stellenbosch FC claiming victories at Orlando Stadium. Last season, Sundowns and Daine Klate’s Chippa United were the only sides to defeat Pirates at home. 

Martin acknowledges the challenge ahead: “We know they are one of the best teams in South Africa, and arguably the continent. But we’ve faced them twice already this season. We earned a point in the first game despite them having more rest. In the Nedbank Cup, we played one of the best games of the season. We need to capitalize on our chances and maintain focus to finally beat them.” 

AmaZulu currently sits 12th in the table with only one away win this season, which came against Cape Town City. “Our goal is to finish the league in the strongest position possible,” said Martin. “We’ll keep competing, keep growing, and I see the players are committed to doing just that.” 

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