Ntuli secures dramatic victory for AmaZulu


Bonginkosi Ntuli scored two goals – including a last-gasp winner – as AmaZulu racked up their first victory in the Absa Premiership this season, defeating Cape Town City 2-1 at Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Usuthu move off the foot of the table with the result, while the Citizens have not gon six league matches without a win.

AmaZulu enjoyed early dominance and claimed the lead on nine minutes, with striker Ntuli heading home from close range. The assist was a fine cross from Talent Chawapiwa.

The hosts threatened again just past the quarter hour mark, with Tapelo Xoki testing out Peter Leeuwenburgh with a shot direct from a free kick. The goalkeeper spilled the ball initially, but recovered quickly.

City began to build their attacking confidence toward the middle of the first half, with Mpho Makola shooting wide on 20 minutes, while three minutes later Kermit Erasmus was denied by a fine save from Siyabonga Mbatha.

The Cape side continued to look dangerous up to the half-time whistle, but it was AmaZulu who held the lead at the interval.

Usuthu made a change at the start of the second half, with Chawapiwa making way for Butholezwe Ncube, while City had the first chance after the restart when Makola struck a shot off target from a free kick on 53 minutes.

Both teams looked to freshen up in attack around the hour mark, with Lehlohonolo Majoro replacing the injured Sphesihle Maduna for AmaZulu, while City introduced Shaquille Abrahams and Craig Martin in place of Bradley Ralani and Makola respectively.

The Cape side soon had some joy in attack, with debutant Mark Mayambela meeting a cross with a powerful volley on 65 minutes – his effort hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced off the sprawling Mbatha and was eventually forced home to make it 1-1.

The teams traded attacks and scoring chances in what remained of the game, with AmaZulu pushing to secure a first win of the campaign, while City posed a notable threat on the counter attack. Yet the game looked set for a stalemate until deep into injury time, when Ntuli broke free of the defence and slid a low shot through the legs of the ‘keeper to secure a priceless win for the hosts.

AmaZulu move up two places to 14th on the log, while City remain in 10th spot. The Cape side will be back in Premiership action on 25 October when they host Maritzburg United, while AmaZulu’s next league game will be away to Baroka FC on 27 October.

AmaZulu (1) 2 (Ntuli 9’ 90+5’)
Cape Town City (0) 1 (Mayambela 65’)

AmaZulu: Mbatha, M. Gumede, Xoki, Khumalo, Sikhakhane, Karuru (De Jong 71’), Vilakazi, Sithebe, Chawapiwa (Ncube 46’), Maduna (Majoro 59’), Ntuli

City: Leeuwenburgh, Mkhize, Fielies, Edmilson, Kewuti, Mokeke, Nodada, Makola (Martin 63’), Mayambela (Putsche 70’), Ralani (Abrahams 60’), Erasmus

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4 comments on “Ntuli secures dramatic victory for AmaZulu
  1. Clement Gwala says:

    HEBE USUTHU,WELL DONE BOYS SALALA KAHLE TODAY

  2. Hheeeeebe uSuthu!!!!!!

    Thanks guys for secure our first win you play very well the confident you show it was amazing thanks to technical team, I think this is our turning point keep it up guys we can do this.

  3. The team play well and players were determined to win. Watching the game at the stadium yesterday it was the best thing for this Eason for the club. Poor officiating reminder me ABC Motsepe League. I was fortunate to watch the repeat game on ss4 late yesterday in terms of the new rules at least three penalties should have been given. The assistance coach of CTC admitted during post interviews that officiating was bad especially for Amazulu. I think the club must raise this to SAFA that there seems to be problem against the club within a matter of seven days same robbery happens.
    We hope now as supporters that tables have turned and points are going to come. The team especially substitutions were spot on though Ncube was not in good shape in overall it was supposed to come well done to players and coaching staff.

  4. Muzi says:

    I would like to congratulates Usuthu unite with a win
    Heeebe Usuthu 4eva

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