AmaZulu ended their Absa Premiership with a loss when they went down 2-1 to Chippa United at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but finished the season in position 12.
Usuthu took an early lead through Bongani Ndulula, but Brent Carelse came off the bench to secure maximum points for his side, scoring twice from the penalty spot.
The hosts opened the scoring in the fourth minute Ndulula bundled the ball into the back of the net from close range, blocking an attempted clearance from Issa Sarr.
Chippa had an opportunity to level matters two minutes later but Msekeli Mvalo saw his curled freekick dipping just over the crossbar.
Then in the 17th minute the visitors threatened from another setpiece with Tshepo Tomanyane picking out Mbulelo Mabizela inside the box, but the defender headed over the crossbar.
Then it was the hosts who threatened to increase their lead with Njabulo Manqana forcing a low save from Tashrique Goldman in the 31st minute, before Thokozani Mshengu shot over the crossbar seven minutes later.
The Chilli Boys levelled matters three minutes after the break as Carelse converted from the penalty spot after William Twala had been brought down by Philani Cele on the left side of the box.
Usuthu then had two good chances midway through the second half, but Andile Khumalo was denied by a decent save from Goldman in the 60th minute, before the same player flashed an effort wide four minutes later.
However, it was the away side who eventually took maximum points in the 75th minute with Carelse converting another spot kick after Goodman Dlamini was adjudged to have fouled Mkhanyiseli Siwahla.
AmaZulu finish the season in 12th place with 32 points, while Chippa also remain in 15th place with 28 points.
AmaZulu (1) 1 (Ndulula 4′)
Chippa United (0) 2 (Carelse pen 49′ 75′)
AmaZulu: Kapini, Cele P (Senamela 85′), Cele N, Nyadombo, Teyise, Madondo, Manqana, Mshengu, Dlamini G, Tshabangu (Khumalo 22′), Ndulula (Dlamini A 54′)
Chippa United: Goldman, Ntombayithethi, Mabizela, Mvalo, Tomanyane, Sarr (Sali 37′), Twala, Mbekile, Ntshingila (Siwahla 61′), Mwaruwari, Qalanto (Carelse 46′)