Usuthu go down in Cape Town


FC Cape Town took advantage of the gusty wind conditions to beat AmaZulu 2-1 in their National First Division game in the Mother City on Saturday.

Just eight minutes into the game and the hosts were in the lead after AmaZulu’s goalkeeper and defence could not deal with a high ball swirling in the gusty Cape Town wind.

A botched clearance resulted in FC Cape Town getting the ball wide and whipping in a dangerous cross from which Maboke Matlakala brilliantly steered home his header.

Ten minutes into the game and Marc van Heerden curled in a dangerous free kick, which troubled the home team’s defence but the best AmaZulu could out of the move was a corner kick.

Usuthu goalkeeper Sage Stephens made a fantastic save while back-peddling to tip over a long range volley that had the wind behind it in the 20th minute.

In the 38th minutes Sekela Sithole tried a clever set piece, but his attempt to beat Stephens at his near post was just off target.

Four minutes to half time and Matlakala almost stole a second goal with his head after a goalmouth scramble saw a half chance fall to him.

In the second half the home side went further ahead despite now playing against the strong wind. The goal came from the penalty spot and it was again Maboke Matlakala who found the net.

But then the visitors got back into the game when substitute striker Bornwell Mwape put his header past Glen Theletsane in goals to make it 2-1 in favour of the hosts, which ended as the final score.

AmaZulu next face Black Leopards at home on 24 October.
STARTING TEAMS:

FC Cape Town: Theletsane, Mokoena, Dickson, Anoma, Maroole, Dubula, Khumalo, Sithole, Magubane, Mvula, Matlakala

AmaZulu: Stephens, Moloi, V Heerden, Nyongo, Gumede, Robertson, Konqobe, Dlamini G, Shitembi, Mukuka, Dlamini A

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