Posted on August 17, 2012 13:46
The Kwazulu-Natal derby between AmaZulu and Maritzburg United has grown into mouth-watering contest since the Pietermaritzburg-based gained promotion to the Absa Premiership.
The rivalry will be renewed on Tuesday evening when Roger Palmgren’s men travel to the Harry Gwala Stadium in search of maximum points.
The last five league clashes between the two sides have been fairly balanced with each team winning a game, while the last three matches have all ended in hard-fought draws.
01/05/12 Maritzburg United 1 – 1 AmaZulu
Goodman Dlamini opened the scoring for Usuthu on the stroke of half-time and they looked to be leaving the Harry Gwala Stadium with three points until Cuthbert Malajila scored in injury time to rescue a point for United.
04/12/11 AmaZulu 0 – 0 Maritzburg United
While Roger Palmgren’s side were starting to make their strides in the Absa Premiership at the stage of last season, United had lost four of their previous five matches and as a result went into the game with a more cautious approach.
As a result the match ended in a 0-0 with most of the battles being contested in the midfield.
02/02/11 Maritzburg United 1 – 1 AmaZulu
Another derby which the boys in green threatened to win when Sibusiso Hadebe broke the deadlock midway through the first half but with less than five minutes to play Diyo Sibisi scored a late equaliser to save face for his side in front of their home fans.
29/08/10 AmaZulu 3 – 2 Maritzburg United
United came back twice in this game with Rudolf Bester cancelling Ayanda Dlamini’s opening goal before equalising through a Siphiwe Mkhonza own-goal after Lehlohonolo Majoro had restored the lead.
However, Ayanda would have the last say as he scored the winner in the final minute for a memorable win.
29/11/09 AmaZulu 0 – 1 Maritzburg United
This was a balanced match which saw both sides missing a few opportunities to open the scoring but eventually it was Ivorian striker Brice Aka who netted the winner for the Team of Choice with less than 20 minutes on the clock.