Alan Beck has the lowdown on first tour opponents AmaZulu FC...
Tell me about AmaZulu FC…
The team was formed in 1932 as Zulu Royal Conquerors and received the backing of a Zulu king, Solomon. They've been through a few changes of ownership and tugs-of-war over the name down the years. As Zulu Royal, they won their only league title in 1972, and since 1974 they've been (nearly always) known as AmaZulu FC. To keep it simple, use their nickname 'Usuthu' – a Zulu war cry.
How did they do last season?
Crucially, much better than in 2010/11. Two seasons ago, Amazulu flirted dangerously with the drop, only avoiding a relegation play-off on goal difference. Last term, they finished in a much more comfortable seventh spot, although they still struggled at home, winning only four league games at the Moses Mabhida.
Who’s in the hot-seat?
Roger Palmgren. The 49-year-old Swede kicked off his managerial career with Sierra Leone in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, and briefly managed back in Swedish third tier before a stint in charge of the Rwandan national team. He was made director of sport at AmaZulu in 2009 and has just been handed a new three-year contract as head coach.
Talk me through the team…
One of the success stories of last season was Goodman Dlamini, an attacking midfielder or second striker, who emerged from the ranks to become the team's top scorer with seven league goals. Marshalling the side from between the sticks is stopper Tapua Kapini.
And the fans?
A passionate lot and not afraid to air their views if things aren't going their way. The team's injury-hit slide towards the relegation zone in 2010/11 was accompanied by voluble fan protests. The club's strong links to the Zulu nation mean there is a fierce sense of pride and regional identity amongst their supporters.