Starting XI: Royal AM v AmaZulu

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KwaZulu-Natal rivals Royal AM and AmaZulu will both be searching for their first victory of the new year on Sunday afternoon.

DStv Premiership

Teams: Royal AM v AmaZulu

Date: 08 January 2023

Venue: Chatsworth Stadium

Time: 15h30

AmaZulu remain unbeaten under Romain Folz in the league after restarting their campaign with a goalless draw against Sekhukhune United on New Year’s Eve.

As a result, the MTN8 finalists find themselves lying ninth on the standings and will be eyeing a spot in the top eight.

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Royal AM, meanwhile, have already played two games since the restart, with only one point to show for their efforts after a last-gasp 2-1 loss to Cape Town City was followed by a goalless draw against TS Galaxy on Tuesday.

Thwihli Thwahla had to settle for 12th place on the table and will have a chance to get into the top eight if they win and other results go their way.

Neither side could find the back of the net in their two league games last season.

Here's how they line up:

Royal AM: 16. Nyame, 22. Rikhotso, 14. Matlaba, 3. Nascimento, 6. Kobedi, 23. Ndlovu, 7. Pelembe, 40. Cele, 12. Mahlasela, 11. Potsane, 33. Sera.

Subs: 32. Ngcobo, 5. Dlamini, 13. Manganyi, 17. Mogaila, 38. Mashiane, 34. Thikazi, 30. Gamildien, 50. Masuku, 9. Macuphu

AmaZulu: 44. Mothwa, 5. Sikhakhane, 14. Hanamub, 23. Mphahlele, 17. Gumede, 8. Makhaula, 4. Malepe, 50. Bwalya, 11. Mhango, 27. Ekstein, 33. Dion.

Subs: 1. Mzimela, 22. Khumalo, 42. Mabiliso, 36. Kunene, 47. Qalinge, 3. Ndlovu, 15. Zuma, 7. Ntuli, 20. Majoro

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