Usuthu beat Arrows to go top of DStv Prem


AmaZulu FC defeated Lamontville Golden Arrows 1-0 in the DStv Premiership match at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, Usuthu climbed up to the top of the league table, while Abafana Bes’thende remained third on the log.

The two KwaZulu-Natal teams canceled each other out in the opening proceedings with Makhehlene Makhaula and Gladwin Shitolo battling for control of the midfield.

AmaZulu took control of the game towards the half-hour mark and they had an opportunity to take the lead, but Lehlohonolo Majoro was brilliantly denied by Arrows goalkeeper Sifiso Mlungwana.

Arrows were under pressure and the ball fell kindly for Majoro on the edge of the box in the 37th minute and he curled the ball inches wide of the target with Mlungwana rooted to the ground

The visitors did get the goal they had been looking for on the stroke of half-time when Augustine Mulenga set-up Luvuyo Memela, who then beat Mlungwana with a low shot to hand AmaZulu 1-0 lead.

Arrows saw most of the ball after the restart, but AmaZulu looked dangerous on the counter with Memela and Qalinge looking to use their pace to unlock the hosts defence.

Memela and Majoro combined well before the latter found himself in a one-on-one situation with Mlungwana in the 65th minute, but somehow former Kaizer Chiefs striker placed his shot wide of the target.

AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy then made a tactical change as he pulled out Memela and he introduced defender Samkelo Mgwazela as the visitors looked to protect their lead.

Usuthu defended very well in the closing proceedings with the likes of Mgwazela and Tapelo Xoki making some crucial clearances and interceptions at the back.

Ultimately, the match ended in a 1-0 victory in favour of AmaZulu with Makhaula, who had a great game in the middle of the park, being named Man of the Match.

Arrows (0) 0
AmaZulu (1) 1 (Memela 45’+2)

Arrows: Mlungwana, Sibisi, Lunga, Zuke, M. Dube, Parusnath (Mtshali 46′), Ndwandwe (Sibiya 71′), Shitolo, M.Gumede (Makhubela 46′), Mutizwa, Mmodi.

AmaZulu: Mothwa, Sikhakhane, Mabiliso, Xoki, M. Gumede, Makhaula, Sithebe, Memela (Magubane 73′), Mulenga (Kewuti 66′), Majoro (Mthembu 82′), Qalinge (Mngwazela 66′).

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