Late goal denies Usuthu win at SuperSport

AmaZulu FC were held to a 1-1 draw by SuperSport United in a DStv Premiership match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening.

As a result, Usuthu moved down to 10th place on the league standings, while Matsatsantsa remained third on the log.

Matsatsantsa were the better side in the opening stages of the match with Ghampani Lungu looking lively upfront for the home side.

The Zambia international unleashed a solid shot which was fantastically saved by Veli Mothwa in the Usuthu goal-posts in the sixth minute.

Lungu then connected with a corner-kick from Sipho Mbule in the 14th minute and he was denied by Mothwa, who was alert.

Usuthu grew in confidence as the match progressed and Augustine Mulenga forced SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams into a great save just before the half-hour mark.

Bafana Bafana international Williams was then beaten in the 33rd minute when Siphelele Mthembu scored with a powerful low shot to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu.

Usuthu continued to attack after taking the lead with the half-time break approaching and Williams produced a fine save to deny Mulenga to ensure that the first-half ended with AmaZulu leading 1-0.

Moses Waiswa and Jamie Webber were introduced by SuperSport head coach Kaitano Tembo prior to the start of the second-half as the hosts looked to level matters.

However, the AmaZulu defence was able to contain and frustrate Matsatsantsa’s deadly strikers Thamsanqa Gabuza and Bradley Grobler.

AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy made a tactical change as he introduced defender Mario Booysen and pulled out attacker Mulenga just after the hour-mark.

The decision to introduce Booysen backfired as the experienced centre back fouled Gabuza in the box and the home side was awarded a penalty.

Grobler then stepped up and he made no mistake as he beat Mothwa from the spot-kick to make it 1-1 for SuperSport with 13 minutes left.

The visitors tried to respond with a late winning goal, but Matsatsantsa stood firm at the back with Thatayaone Ditlhokwe making some crucial clearances.

Ultimately, the match ended in a 1-1 draw as SuerSport and AmaZulu shared the spoils on the night.

SuperSport (0) 1 (Grobler 77′)
AmaZulu (1) 1 (Mthembu 33′)

SuperSport: Williams, Philipps, Fleurs, Ditlhokwe, Bhasera, Nhlapo (Waiswa 46′), Mbule (Mohomi 65′), Mahachi (Webber 46′), Lungu (Appollis 65′), Grobler, Gabuza
AmaZulu: Mothwa, Sikhakhane (Masilela 70′), Mabiliso, Gumede, Xoki, Makhaula, Maduna (Sithebe 46″, Mlambo, Memela (Mahlambi 64′), Mthembu (Ntuli 70′), Mulenga (Booysen 61′).

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