AmaZulu FC emerged as 1-0 winners over Kaizer Chiefs in a Carling Knockout Last 16 encounter at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
As a result, Usuthu advanced to the quarter-finals of the local league cup and they will be looking to make it two wins in a row when they take on Orlando Pirates on October 24 in a DStv Premiership clash.
Although Usuthu threatened first in the ninth minute as Tshepang Moremi forced goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune into making a save, Amakhosi controlled the match and they created more chances than the away side.
Reeve Frosler’s cross found Tebogo Potsane whose header was saved by Veli Mothwa in the 16th minute and the tall keeper also denied Ranga Chivaviro in the 20th minute to ensure the first-half ended with the two sides locked at 0-0.
Chiefs struggled to create clear-cut chances after the restart and coach Molefi Ntseki decided to introduce goalscoring midfielder Edson Castillo and striker Jasond Gonzalez four minutes after the hour-mark.
However, the hosts grabbed a late winning goal when their new signings combined well – Celimpilo Ngema set up Taariq Fielies who netted with a well-taken shot to hand AmaZulu a 1-0 victory over Chiefs.
AmaZulu 1 (Fielies 88′)
Chiefs: Khune, Dove (Kwinika 38′), Ditlhokwe, Ngcobo, Frosler, Maart (Castillo 64′), Matlou, Mthethwa, Potsane (Saile 64′), Dolly (Mmodi 84′), Chivaviro (Gonzalez 64′).
AmaZulu: Mothwa, Sikhakhane, Gumede, Mphahlele, Fielies, Hanamub, Motshwari, Brooks (Maluleka 86′), Ekstein (Dion 61′), Ngema, Moremi (Kwem 90’+2).