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Polokwane City v AmaZulu

Polokwane will look to keep up their unlikely Absa Premiership title challenge when they host AmaZulu FC at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

Rise and Shine, the surprise package of the season so far, currently lie fourth in the table, seven points behind leaders Wits.

The club have often found themselves battling relegation in the past but have looked like a transformed outfit under new coach Jozef Vukusic.

"Yes, we had some positive moments (in the first round of the season). The competition is very tough," said Vukusic.

"Collecting points everywhere is not easy. We collected points from big teams. We had a solid first round. We will look to improve in the second round."

Polokwane are coming off a 2-2 draw at Chippa United over two weeks ago, which left them fourth in the league standings with 23 points from 15 matches.

Meanwhile, their opponents on Saturday, Amazulu, currently lie in 10th place - albeit just four points clear of the relegation zone.

They returned to winning ways in the league with a 2-0 win over Golden Arrows at home last month, their fourth win in five matches, signalling a welcome turnaround for a side that was struggling mightily in the early part of the season.

“I'm satisfied with the points we have and the position we are in, especially after what we went through in the last two months," said AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson.

“Yes, for this season we can say we can finish there, but I want us to target for more than a top-eight finish. We need to look at bigger things as a club."

When Polokwane and Amazulu met earlier this season, the result was a goalless stalemate. In all they've met seven times in the league, with Usuthu claiming two wins compared to one for Rise and Shine, with four matches ending in a draw.