Chiefs need to prove consistency


Muhsin Ertugral's team appear to be turning a corner after a poor league campaign to date that sees them stuck in the lower half of the table.

First, they defeated Free State Stars 4-1 at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on March 9, and five days later they dumped defending champions Ajax Cape Town out of the Cup in Durban’ Absa Stadium.

Clive Barker’s AmaZulu will have no fear of the men in gold and black ahead of their trip to Rustenburg.

In fact, Usuthu are in fine form: they are unbeaten in their last three league games, picking up important wins against Black Leopards and Thanda Royal Zulu FC that virtually secured their place in the top flight next season, before drawing with Jomo Cosmos. They followed that up with a goal fest against Young Ones in the first round of the Nedbank Cup, winning 14-0.

Promising striker Dumisani Ngwenya grabbed five goals against the lower division team to take his tally in all competitions to 14.

Chiefs, however, have conceded just 16 goals in their 22 matches, giving them (alongside Supersport United) the best rearguard in the Absa Premiership, so AmaZulu's Ngwenya and striker partner Siyabonga Mkhwanazi should have their work cut out in trying to keep up their prolific scoring form.

It seems, then, to be a meeting of the irresistible force and the immovable object, but head-to-head stats suggest the Amakhosi should emerge victorious.

Chiefs have won 21 of the teams' 37 league meetings since 1985, outscoring the KwaZulu-Natal team 64 goals to 34.

AmaZulu, though, have taken four points off the Soweto giants in their last two league matches.

Kaizer ChiefsDate H/A Opponent Result09/03/08 A Free State Stars W 4-105/03/08 H Platinum Stars D 0-001/03/08 A Ajax Cape Town D 1-123/02/08 H SuperSport United L 0-120/02/08 A BidVest Wits W 2-0

AmaZulu09/03/08 H Jomo Cosmos D 0-005/03/08 A Thanda Royal Zulu W 2-101/03/08 H Black Leopards W 2-024/02/08 A Bloemfontein Celtic L 2-320/02/08 H Golden Arrows L 0-1