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Usuthu maintain unbeaten run at CT City
AmaZulu FC and Cape Town City drew 0-0 in the DStv Premiership match which was played at the DHL Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Therefore, Usuthu moved up to the sixth spot on the league standings and they are three points behind fifth-placed Stellenbsch FC with one game left this term.
The KwaZulu-Natal giants are now undefeated in their last six league games and they will take on their provincial rivals, Lamontville Golden Arrows on May 21.
The Citizens started the match well with Thamsanqa Mkhize being the hosts’ livewire as he made some powerful overlapping runs on the right flank.
However, goalkeeper Veli Mothwa and his Usuthu defence dealt well with the crosses played into the visitors’ box by the City’s inspirational captain in the opening stages.
However, AmaZulu improved gradually and they managed to test City’s Angolan keeper Hugo Marques who produced a fabulous save to deny Luvuyo Memela.
The last chance of the first half fell for Khanyiso Mayo when he connected with Mpho Makola’s cross, but his attempt brushed the woodwork and the score was 0-0 at half-time.
Mothwa was the busier of the two keepers after the restart and he pulled off a fine save to deny Makola, whose well-taken free-kick was goal bound.
The Citizens kept pushing for the opening goal with Terrence Mashego setting up Mayo and the former South Africa under-17 international was brilliantly denied by Mothwa.
Coach Brandon Truter introduced experienced full-backs Philani Zulu and Kgotso Moleko as AmaZulu looked to contain City in the latter stages of the encounter.
Ultimately, the match ended in a 0-0 draw with AmaZulu having collected four points from City this season as Usuthu secured a 2-0 win in the first round league clash last November.
City: Marques, Mkhize (Idumba 70′), Cupido, Fielies, Mashego, Amina (Nodada 83′), Makola (Mokeke 70′), Mdantsane, Martin, Gonzalez (Rhodes 83′), Mayo (May 70′).
AmaZulu: Mothwa, Gumede, Kunene (Zulu 73′), Xoki, Sikhakhane, Makhaula, Buchanan (Masuku 81′), Mlambo (Moleko 81′), Ekstein (De Jong 63′), Memela, Maduna (Malepe 63′).