Usuthu bounce back to winning ways

Ramahlwe Mphahlele of AmaZulu celebrates goal during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between AmaZulu FC and Sekhukhune United at Moses Mabhida Stadium on 29 April 2023 Β© Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC bounced back to winning ways in the DStv Premiership when they secured a 2-0 win over Sekhukhune United at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Therefore, Usuthu climbed up to the 10th spot on the league standings and they will be determined to make it two victories in a row when they face off with champions Mamelodi Sundowns at home on Wednesday.

Usuthu started the match brightly with Riaan Hanamub looking lively in the left flank as he delivered some quality crosses into the Babina Noko box – forcing goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare to come out and gather the ball in the 18th minute.

The hosts deservedly took the lead six minutes before the half-hour mark when Ethan Brooks beat his marker before firing past Sangare to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu who were leading during the half-time break.

Sekhukhune were the better side in the second-half and Chibuike Ohizu’s brilliant cross found an unmarked Train Mokhabi in the far post, but the attacker’s tame header was easily gathered by keeper Jody February.

However, Babina Noko conceded another goal in the 75th minute when Ramahlwe Mphahlele scored from Abbubaker Mobara’s top-notch free-kick to make it 2-0 to AmaZulu with the visitors’ poor marking being exposed.

The hosts were then reduced to 10 players with 10 minutes left on the clock when Sphesihle Maduna was shown a straight red card, but a numerically-disadvantaged AmaZulu side held on to secure a 2-0 victory on the night.

AmaZulu (1) 2 (Brooks 24′, Mphahlele 75′)
Sekhukhune (0) 0

AmaZulu: February, Mphahlele, Sikhakhane, Mobara, Malepe, Hanamub, Zuma (Maduna 62′), Bwalya, Brooks (Maluleka 73′), Ntuli (Dion 58′), Kwem (Gumede 73′).

Sekhukhune: SangarΓ©, Cardoso, Mobbie, Ntiya-Ntiya, Mokotjo, Gyimah, Mncube, Seabi (Vilakazi 70′), Mokwana (Mokhabi 46′), Letsoalo (Letsoalo 89′), Ohizu.