AmaZulu had their chances to win the match, but still go home with a valuable point after drawing 1-1 in a League match with Orlando Pirates at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night.
Bucs opened the scoring early through Collins Mbesuma, but were unable to kill off their hosts and paid the price in the second half when Goodman Dlamini scored to level the game and extend Usuthu’s unbeaten run to seven league matches.
Bucs goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa made his first save on 20 minutes, saving Nkanyiso Cele’s low drive down to his right.
Then Goodman Dlamini was forced to clear off the line from Daine Klate after Tapuwa Kapini dropped a corner kick, while at the other end Andile Jali saw his shot hit the side-netting.
Usuthu defender Tamsanqa Teyise hit a free-kick just wide of the post just before the break, before Khethokwakhe Masuku, getting a rare game for Bucs, missed two chances at the start of the second half.
AmaZulu should have drawn level when Goodman Dlamini found himself one-on-one with Meyiwa, but the Bafana Bafana ‘keeper came out on top.
But Dlamini was not to be denied, slotting home on the hour-mark after Thokozani Mshengu’s shot came back off the woodwork.
Then Njabulo Manqana missed a great chance on the counter attack, before Kapini made a world-class save to deny Mbesuma.
Ayanda Dlamini almost won the match for Usuthu late on, but he just failed to connect with Joseph Malongoane’s cross as the game ended in a draw.