Usuthu keep promotion hopes alive


Siyabonga Nomvethe

AmaZulu defeated 10-man Santos 3-0 in an National First Division (NFD) match at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban on Sunday afternoon.

The win sees Usuthu climb up to the fifth spot on the league table – three points behind second-placed Black Leopards with two games left, while the People’s Team remain 16th.

Usuthu began the game brightly and they were awarded a penalty a few minutes before the half-hour mark after Ovidy Karuru was fouled in the Santos box.

Siyabonga Nomvethe then stepped up and hit the back of the net from the spot-kick to hand AmaZulu a well deserved lead in the 27th minute.

It was soon 2-0 to AmaZulu when Zimbabwean midfielder Karuru scored from a corner-kick as the home side continued to dominate.

Things went from bad to worse for Santos just before the half-time break as Ricardo Dawood was red carded and the score was 2-0 to AmaZulu at the interval.

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Karuru was replaced by Lungelo Dlamini in the second-half as Usuthu coach Joey Antipas injected some speed in his side’s attack.

The KwaZulu-Natal giants did extend their lead in the 66th minute when Tapelo Nyongo scored with a brilliant header to make it 3-0 to AmaZulu.

The visitors, who were man down, were failing to contain Usuthu were pushing and pressing for more goals in the closing stages of the league encounter.

In the end, AmaZulu won 1-0 and they kept their hopes of getting promotion to the Absa Premiership alive, while Santos have already been relegated from the NFD.

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