AmaZulu move up one spot


 

It was a case of poor decision making and wasted opportunities in the final third of the game as AmaZulu were unlucky to be held to a 0-0 draw in an Absa Premiership match against Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday afternoon.

 

The result means AmaZulu move up one place on the table to 12th with 28 points while Sundowns stay in 11th place on 32 points.

 

Chances were coming thick and fast in the opening 20 minutes and AmaZulu had the first chance on goal in the sixth minute as Njabulo Manqana provided a great cross into the box which Andile Khumalo met with a powerful header, but his attempt from roughly eight-yards out went over the target.

 

In the eighth minute the Brazilians had their first attempt on goal as Hlompo Kekana tried his luck with a long range effort, but his 30-yard shot went over the crossbar.

 

Probably the best chance of the half fell the way of AmaZulu in the 17th minute as Ayanda Dlamini met a right-side free-kick, but his header went agonisingly wide of the post from 12-yards out.

 

The match started to slow after that as both teams became a little more cautious in attack and opted to tighten up in defence.

 

Consequently, the next chance on goal came in the 34th minute as AmaZulu’s Thamsanqa Teyise fired a thunderbolt goalwards from 30-yards out, but his effort went over the bar as the half ended all square.

 

The start of the second 45 saw both teams making immediate changes as Kagiso Senamela replaced Andile Khumalo for AmaZulu and Elias Pelembe replaced Themba Zwane for Sundowns.

 

The change seemed to benefit Sundowns better as they started forcing the AmaZulu keeper into making saves, but Tapuwa Kapini was certainly up to the task.

 

In the 54th minute Jabulani Shongwe forced Kapini into a fine save as the Celtic keeper had to react quickly to tip a 25-yard shot over the crossbar.

 

In the 70th minute Kapini was called into action again, this time producing a good stop to deny Langerman from 12-yards out.

 

Thereafter, AmaZulu took control of the game were unlucky not to get the win three minutes from time when Kagiso Senamela forced Wayne Sandilands into a brilliant save from the edge of the box.

 

The match ended 0-0.

 

AmaZulu (0) 0

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0

 

Teams

 

AmaZulu: Tapuwa Kapini, Joseph Malongoane (Thokozani Mshengu 65′), Willem Mwedihanga, Thamsanqa Teyise, Luyanda Hlongwa, Nkanyiso Cele, Goodman Dlamini, Stanley Kgatla, Njabulo Manqana, Andile Khumalo (Kagiso Senamela 46′), Ayanda Dlamini

Sundowns: Wayne Sandilands, Wayne Arendse, Alje Schut, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Hlompho Kekana, Jabulani Shongwe, Esrom Nyandoro, Themba Zwane (Elias Pelembe 48′), Edward Manqele (Nyasha Mushekw 80′), Richard Henyekane (Eleazar Rodgers 84′), Tebogo Langerman

 

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