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AmaZulu v Orlando Pirates

Wounded AmaZulu welcome Orlando Pirates to Umlazi for a Premiership clash on Saturday with coach Cavin Johnson insisting they are confident of striking back following one of the most forgettable weeks in the club's history.

Usuthu were docked six points by world governing body FIFA for an off-the-field matter relating to a pay dispute dating back to 2014, meaning they are virtually starting from scratch in 2018/19 – the punishment banishing them to the bottom of the table.

They began to pick up the pieces with a goalless draw against Maritzburg United in the KwaZulu-Natal derby during midweek and coach Johnson says they have no choice but to remain positive.

“If you're not confident then there isn't much point playing,” he said. “You have to be positive in whatever you do in life and so we will also remain positive.

“I only worry what happens within the four lines, what happens out of it is not too concerning for me. We need to make sure we give everything for the football club every time we go out there and play.”

Sadate Ouro-Akoriko returned from injury in midweek, but Ovidy Karuru remains a major doubt for the home side.

The second-placed visitors lost their lead at top of the league table in midweek when they were held to a goalless draw by AmaZulu's Durban rivals, Golden Arrows.

The Buccaneers, though, remain in good form and will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to six games, with three wins and two draws coming previously.

"It was not the best result against Arrows because we always try and win," coach Milutin Sredojevic said. "We shall try to improve for our next match against AmaZulu on Saturday."

Brilliant Khuzwayo and Thabiso Kutumela are ruled out due to injury.