‘Usuthu’ go down to ‘Downs’

A late header from Lebohang Mokoena saw visitors Mamelodi Sundowns claim a narrow victory over AmaZulu in Durban on Wednesday.

The hard fought contest looked to be heading for a draw when Mokoena rose above his marker in the penalty area to nod home Themba Zwane’s cross.

It was a game of two halves, with the visitors dominating the first half, before the hosts took control in the second.

Sundowns could have had the lead as early as the sixth minute, when Elias Pelembe and Katlego Mphela combined on the right flank to fashion a chance for Teko Modise, but the midfielder blazed his shot inches over the bar.

The hosts had a chance of their own in the 12th minute, but a free-kick from a promising position was struck straight into the grateful arms of Wayne Sandilands.

Modise then put Mokoena through on the left side of goal but his cutback to Zwane was too far behind the onrushing midfielder.

Roger Palmgren’s men came out after the interval with greater purpose, and Ayanda Dlamini was presented with two good chances within fifteen minutes of the restart.

His first, coming after a cleverly taken short corner, flew just over the crossbar, while the second rolled inches wide of the upright with the goalkeeper well beaten.

Sundowns were feeding on scraps at the other end, and it looked like they would be forced to dig in for the draw.

But the deadlock was finally broken when Zwane found the head of Mokoena with a majestic, floated cross from the right, and the midfielder headed the ball powerfully into the back of the net.


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