Usuthu beat Stellenbosch to go second

AmaZulu FC defeated Stellenbosch FC 1-0 in the DStv Premiership match at the Danie Craven Stadium on Friday night.

As a result, Usuthu climbed up to second place on the league table – three points behind leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns, while Stellies moved down to the 11th spot.

Stellies began the match brightly and the first chance of the game fell for Ashley Du Preez, who placed his shot over the target just eight minutes into the game.

The hosts were then awarded a free-kick in a promising area six minutes before the half-hour mark and Junior Mendieta forced AmaZulu goalkeeper Veli Mothwa into a fine save from the set-piece.

Mendieta was causing havoc to the Usuthu defence and he had a chance to score seven minutes before half-time, but this time he placed his shot went over the crossbar and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

Stellies continued to dominate the game after the restart and they were unfortunate not to take the lead when Du Preez hit the woodwork with Mothwa well-beaten just before the hour-mark.

Usuthu pushed forward in numbers, but they left spaces behind their defence and they were nearly punished by the troublesome Du Preez, who was let down by his poor first touch Mothwa snatched the ball away.

AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy then introduced Thabo Qalinge in the 76th minute with the experienced winger having made his official debut for Usuthu against Black Leopards on April 4.

Mothwa was in great form on the night as the new Bafana Bafana goalkeeper produced a fantastic double save denying Du Preez and Stanley Dimgba in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Stellenbosch were left to rue their missed chances on the night as Qalinge snatched a late winning goal for the hosts in stoppage time when he beat keeper Sage Stephens to seal a 1-0 win to AmaZulu.

Stellenbosch (0) 0
AmaZulu (0) 1 (Qalinge 90’+2)

Stellenbosch: Stephens, Macheke, Robertson, De Goede, Van Heerden, Sinkala, Jabaar (Nange 71′), Van Rooyen, Mendieta (Adams 88′), Du Preez, Dimgba (Skelem 88′).
AmaZulu: Mothwa, Gumede (Sikhakhane 85′), Mabiliso, Mzava, Xoki, Makhaula, Maduna (Kewuti 63′), Sithebe, Majoro (Mthembu 85′), Memela (Chawapiwa 63′), Mulenga (Qalinge 76′).

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