Arrows edge Usuthu in KZN Derby clash

Gladwin Shitholo of Lamontville Golden Arrows compete with Augustine Kwem of AmaZulu FC during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Golden Arrows and AmaZulu held at Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban on 13 May 2023 Β© Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Lamontville Golden Arrows in a DStv Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon.

Therefore, Usuthu are now placed in 13th spot on the standings and they will be eager to end their league campaign with a win when they host Orlando Pirates on May 20.

It was a cagey affair in the opening exchanges with the two teams giving away possession cheaply in the final third and Arrows decided to try their luck from a distance.

AmaZulu goalkeeper Jody February was called into action eight minutes before the half-hour mark and the Mamelodi Sundowns loanee gathered Sbonelo Cele’s long-range effort.

The momentum was Arrows towards the half-time break and Ryan Moon had a chance to score in the 36th minute, but he headed the ball over the crossbar and the score was 0-0 at half-time.

Abafana Bes’thende started the second-half brightly and they broke the deadlock in the 54th minute when Siyavuya Ndlovu netted with a header from Pule Mmodi’s free-kick to make it to the hosts.

Usuthu launched attacks as they looked to snatch a late equalizing goal with coach Ayanda Dlamini having introduced Lehlohonolo Majoro in the 78th minute, but Arrows stood firm at the back and they emerged as 1-0 winners

Arrows 1 (Ndlovu 54′)
AmaZulu 0

Arrows: Mbatha, Mantshiyane, Cele, Shitolo, Ndlovu, Dlamini, Makhubela (Nkosi 76′), Ndwandwe, Mmodi, Lunga (Hlatshwayo 90’+4), Moon (Mutizwa 64′)

AmaZulu: February, Sikhakhane, Hanamub, Mphahlele, Mobara, Malepe, Bwalya (Bwalya 57′), Maluleka, Ntuli (Majoro 78′), Brooks (Ekstein 78′), Kwem (Buchanan 57′).