Mhango fires Usuthu to victory

Augustine Kwem of AmaZulu celebrates goal during DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between AmaZulu and Cape Town City FC at Moses Mabhida Stadium on the 13 August 2022 © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC continued their good form in the DStv Premiership by defeating Cape Town City 2-1 in a match which was played at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

As a result, Usuthu registered their second consecutive victory and the win took them to the second spot in the league standings with the team scheduled to face Swallows FC on August 19.

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Usuthu would have been wary of the Citizens’ dangermen Darwin Gonzalez and Khanyisa Mayo and the duo combined to hand the visitors a lead nine minutes before half-time.

Gonzalez did well on the flank before playing a cross for Mayo who beat goalkeeper Veli Mothwa to make it 1-0 to City with the KwaZulu-Natal giants’ defence exposed.

However, the lead only lasted for six minutes as George Maluleka set up Augustine Chidi Kwem who hit the back of the net to make it 1-1 heading into the half-time break in Durban.

Usuthu continued where they had left off in the first half and they managed to double their lead with the Citizens’ defence caught ball watching in the 52nd minute.

This time Keagan Buchanan was the provider as the experienced midfielder set up Frank Mhango who made no mistake – beating goalkeeper Hugo Marques to hand AmaZulu a 2-1 lead.

City tried to push for the equalising goal, but they were frustrated by the hosts’ solid defence which saw Mpho Makola being sent receiving a straight red card for a reckless challenge in stoppage time.

Ultimately, AmaZulu emerged as 2-1 winners on the night as they secured another come-from-behind win having defeated SuperSport United 2-1 in midweek.

AmaZulu (1) 2 (Chidi Kwem 42′, Mhango 52′)
City (1) Mayo 36′)

AmaZulu: Mothwa, Sikhakhane, Hanamub, Gumede, Mobara, Buchanan (Mphahlele 73′), Makhaula, Maluleka (Brooks 73′), Kwem, Mhango (Shange 86′), Ntuli (Majoro 65′).

Cape Town City: Marques, Martin (Daniels 73′), Cupido, Fielies, Fisher, Mokeke, Nodada (Makola 73′), Ambina (Mdantsane 61′), Kajally (Mkhize 60′), Darwin (Bender 85′), Mayo.