AmaZulu beaten in Cape Town


Marc van Heerden of Amazulu FC battles for the ball with Allan Kateregga of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 football match between Cape Town City FC and AmaZulu at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 27 October 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

AmaZulu suffered a fourth defeat in the 2018/19 Absa Premiership season when they were beaten 3-0 by Cape Town City on Saturday night.

The result at Cape Town Stadium saw Usuthu’s winless run in the league extended to six matches and they remain at the foot of the table.

The Citizens, whose goals were scored by Taariq Fielies, Siphelele Mthembu and Thabo Nodada, rise to 11th place after their first victory since the opening round of the campaign.

City claimed the lead inside the opening two minutes of the match, with defender Taariq Fielies stroking the ball home from close range after AmaZulu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha spilled a free kick from Ayanda Patosi.

Usuthu responded well to going behind and began to create attacking opportunities of their own, most notably on 10 minutes when Emiliano Tade headed just over the target after meeting a cross from Sibusiso Mabaliso.

Yet City remained dangerous in attack and on 20 minutes Mbatha atoned for his earlier error when he first made a fine stop to keep out Ayanda Patosi’s low shot, before pushing away another effort on the rebound from Bradley Ralani.

However, AmaZulu’s goalkeeper was beaten again in the 33rd minute, with Siphelele Mthembu guiding the ball home from Ralani’s left-flank cross to make it 2-0 to the Cape side – a lead they held up to the half-time break.
Usuthu opted for a change at the start of the second half as they introduced Ovidy Karuru in place of Samuel Darpoh, and they created the first notable chance after the restart, with Bongi Ntuli’s 50th minute shot turned around the post for a corner kick by Peter Leeuwenburgh.

The Durban side showed some good attacking rhythm as they looked to get back into the game, but with just under 15 minutes of regulation time remaining their hopes were dashed when City midfielder Thabo Nodada fired home a shot to make it 3-0 and end the match as a content.

Both teams will be back in Absa Premiership action on November 11. Cape Town City will host Black Leopards, while AmaZulu will be at home to Polokwane City.

Cape Town City (2) 3 (Fielies 2’, Mthembu 33’, Nodada 76’)

AmaZulu 0

City: Leeuwenburgh, Mkhize, Edmilson, Seedat, Fielies, Putsche, Nodada, Kateregga, Patosi (Modise 72’), Ralani (Links 74’), Mthembu (Norodien 78’)

AmaZulu: Mbatha, Sikhakhane (Ncobeni 57’), Mabaliso, Ouro-Akoriko, M. Gumede, Darpoh (Karuru 46’), Vilakazi, van Heerden, Sithebe, Tade, Ntuli (Khenyeza 71’)

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