AmaZulu suffered a second defeat at home when they went down 1-0 to Chippa United in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday night.
Mpho Mvelase scored the only goal of the match late in the first half as the Chilli Boys registered a third consecutive league win.
Aubrey Mathibe made the first save of the match in the 2nd minute, reacting quickly to parry an effort from Ugonna Uzochukwu.
Usuthu were then denied by the woodwork in the 13th minute as Bornwell Mwape’s effort crashed against the crossbar.
Mathibe made another good save in the 30th minute, using his feet to block a dangerous effort from George Akpabio.
The opening goal came four minutes later as Mvelase placed his shot beyond Mathibe’s reach after receiving a pass from Akpabio.
The hosts ended the half strongly with Mwape firing over the target in the 35th minute, while James Okwuosa did well to clear a cross from Ayanda Dlamini five minutes later.
Usuthu started the second half with purpose as Goodman Dlamini sent an effort over the target in the 47th minute, while Hlanti also cleared the crossbar in the 55nd minute.
Substitute Nkosinathi Mthiyane also tested Mbongeni Mzimela in the 66th minute, but the former Usuthu goalkeeper was able to make the save.
The home side came close to levelling matters from a freekick five minutes later but Mwape’s curled freekick went just wide of the upright.
The Chilli Boys had an opportunity to double their lead in the 85th minute but substitute Dumisani Zwane shot wide of the target and his effort landed up against the side-netting.
AmaZulu remain at the bottom of the table with three points from eight matches, while Chippa are up to fifth place with 13 points.
Chippa United (1) (Mvelase 34’)
AmaZulu: Mathibe, Horaeb (Shabalala 46’), Hlanti, Mwedihanga, Johannes, Madondo, Dlamini G, Dlamini A, Shange (Mthiyane 46’), Liphoko (Ndulula 62’), Mwape
Chippa United: Mzimela, Mvelase, Zulu S, Okwuosa, Sambu (Nene 62’), Sangweni, Uzochukwu (Moholo 75’), Komane, Zulu D, Twala (Zwane 69’), AkpabioShare