Stars ready to face Usuthu in Umlazi

Free State Stars make the trip to Durban to take on AmaZulu in an Premiership clash at the King Zwelithini Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Ea Lla Koto will be looking to return to winning ways after a disappointing MTN8 quarter-final defeat at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs.

Stars do have positive momentum in the league, however, having beaten Maritzburg United in Bethlehem in their last outing.

Usuthu did not feature in the Wafa Wafa competition last weekend and come into the game of the back of a league defeat against SuperSport United.

Stars coach Luc Eymael will have an injury-free squad to pick up for their visit to the east coast.

AmaZulu won the same fixture 1-0 last season, thanks to a last-minute own-goal by Stars goalkeeper Badra Sangare.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men on that afternoon with Sifiso Mbhele and Sadat Ouro-Akoriko given their marching orders.

Ouro-Akoriko will not feature in this game as the Togolese defender is still nursing the injury he picked up in the league opener against Baroka.

AmaZulu have been boosted though by the return of Zimbabwean international Ovidy Karuru and left-back Sibusiso Mabiliso.

Former Stars midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi, who joined Usuthu last term, expects a tough match in Umlazi.

“It will be a challenging game for us. We cannot underestimate Stars. It is still early and you cannot judge teams after just three games. We are ready for whatever they throw at us,” Vilakazi said.

“I don’t have much emotions going into the game. I have been playing football for many years now and I have played former teams before.”

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