Usuthu edge Tornado to book Last 16 spot

Mbongeni Gumede of AmaZulu FC celebrates goal during 2023 Nedbank Cup Last 32 match between AmaZulu FC and Tornado FC on the 12 February 2022 at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi Β© Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC secured a 3-2 win over Tornado FC in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Therefore, Usuthu advanced to the Last 16 of the lucrative tournament and they will now lock horns with TS Galaxy at home in a DStv Premiership match on February 18.

Usuthu exerted pressure on the visitors from the first whistle and they managed to break the deadlock just eight minutes into the game when Mbongeni Gumede netted with a header at the back post.

The goal rattled the Tornado defence and Frank Mhango made it 2-0 five minutes before the half-hour mark when he fired home Guily Manziba’s top-notch cross from the right.

The visitors had a few chances towards the half-time break, but they couldn’t beat Jody February in the hosts’ goal-posts and AmaZulu were deservedly leading 2-0 during the half-time break.

Coach Romain Folz introduced Mxolisi Kunene prior to the start of the second-half and the diminutive left-sided player became a constant threat to the away side.

Kunene grabbed an assist when he set-up Bonginkosi Ntuli who scored to extend AmaZulu’s lead to 3-0 three minutes after the hour-mark with the Tornado defence exposed.

Tornado finished the game strongly and they grabbed two quick goals as Mario Katz netted in the 78th minute and Kenneth Dupane put his name on the score sheet two minutes later to make it 3-2.

However, AmaZulu were then able to contain the Northern Cape side in the dying minutes of the game and ultimately, they emerged as 3-2 winners on the day.

AmaZulu (2) 3 (Gumede 8′, Mhango 25′, Ntuli 63′)
Tornado (0) 2 (Katz 78′, Dupane 80′)

AmaZulu: February, Gumede, Zulu, Mabiliso, Khumalo, Maluleka (Bwalya 67′), Buchanan, Manziba (Qalinge 46′), Brooks (Ekstein 61′), Ntuli (Chidi Kwem 67′), Mhango (Mhango 46′).

Tornado: Van Wyk, Balie, Barends, Rivaldo (Squaer 70′), Mjonono (Slinger 46′), Witbooi, Titus, Buthelezi (Jacobs 70′), Cloete (Dupane 70′), Katz, Plessie.