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AmaZulu v Maritzburg United

AmaZulu welcome Maritzburg United to the King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday, but the KwaZulu-Natal derby has been overshadowed by the hosts' big punishment by FIFA.

Cavin Johnson's side were docked six points by world football's governing body for failing to pay a certain player, who subsequently took them to task a few seasons back.

The decision has rocked the Premiership club, who have remained mum ever since and Johnson too was not prepared to say much, apart from the fact that it was business as usual for the team, most of whom were not even around when the incident in question happened.

"We've been preparing as usual," Johnson said. "This is a big game, it's a derby against a very good Maritzburg United team that has shown tremendous progress under Fadlu Davids.

"What is happening off the field does not concern us. We will continue to play as per normal and this is another important game at home for us."

Prior to the FIFA ruling, Usuthu had won two games, lost three and drawn one for a total of seven points, which has now been slashed to one - leaving them rock-bottom in the table.

The Team of Choice, meanwhile, have been steadily moving upwards.

After failing to win any of their first four games, Fadlu Davids' troops beat Bloemfontein Celtic in their last game to move to five points in 13th place.

They are further bolstered by the return from suspension of Siphesihle Ndlovu, but Yazid Atouba and Keagan Buchanan are injured, while AmaZulu are injury-free for the clash.