DURBAN – AmaZulu moved to the top of the DSTV Premiership standings, albeit presumably in the meanwhile following a hard-fought 1-0 win over arch-rivals Golden Arrows within the Durban derby on the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Lamontville on Saturday afternoon.
Luvuyo Memela opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, sending a well-drilled effort from outdoors the 18-yard field past the attain of Arrows keeper Sifiso Mlungwana.
The first clear reduce alternative of the sport got here within the 18th minute as Arrows defensive midfielder Seth Parusnath produced a goal-saving block to disclaim Thabo Qalinge whose sheer energy on the shot will need to have left Parusnath in ache for a very long time.
AmaZulu have been the higher aspect within the early phases and confirmed composure to earn their eighth league victory in 9 video games.
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Mlungwana denied Memela with a palmed save within the twenty seventh minute following a quick-counter-attack by Usuthu.
Arrows captain Nkosinathi Sibisi was fortunate to simply obtain only a yellow card within the fortieth minute following a reckless problem on Lehlohonolo Majoro. AmaZulu’s Tapelo Xoki who has established himself as a robust free-kick taker would have been disenchanted as he skied the resultant set-piece into the stands.
Though the Arrows cussed defence as soon as once more did okay and stored the rating decrease than it might have been, Mandla Ncikazi’s aspect struggled to create robust attacking passages of play within the earlier phases with Usuthu keeper Veli Mothwa having been nameless for till the latter phases of the sport.
A defensive misunderstanding between Mlungwana and Thabani Zuke led to the Arrows defence opening up, although the previous did handle to avoid wasting Augustine Mulenga’s ensuing shot, albeit uncomfortably.
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There will likely be some concern for Usuthu because the influential Mulenga was in ache all through the second half, finally being substituted. Majoro spurned a golden alternative to double Usuthu’s lead within the sixty fourth minute as he was offered with a one-on-one alternative to shoot for objective however ended up placing an excessive amount of curl on the ball and dragging his effort vast.
Arrows did come to life within the final 25 minutes of the sport notably, as they put strain on Mothwa’s objective however it was too late. Had they exerted strain earlier, they may have averted defeat.
Mothwa confirmed why he’s now considered top-of-the-line keepers within the nation by expertly saving a very good free-kick effort at objective from Arrows’ Knox Mutizwa.
Arrows have been the dominant aspect within the closing phases of the sport and regarded the likelier to attain, as Usuthu struggled to keep up possession for sustained durations of time.
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There have been nervous moments for AmaZulu within the loss of life they usually had their truthful share of fortune within the 88th minute as a header from Mutizwa took a deflection earlier than placing the woodwork.
The result’s historic for Usuthu because it sees them transfer as much as 50 factors for the primary time within the PSL period. They will likely be seeking to proceed their profitable methods after they host Baroka FC on the King Zwelethini Stadium in Umlazi in slightly below two weeks.