Usuthu end season with Pirates defeat

Sbusiso Mabiliso of AmaZulu FC challenges Thabiso Monyane of Orlando Pirates during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between AmaZulu FC and Orlando Pirates on 20 May 2023 at Moses Mabhida Stadium Β© Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC lost 4-0 to Orlando Pirates in a DStv Premiership match at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, the KwaZulu-Natal giants finished the 2022-23 season in the 12th spot on the league standings.

It took just five minutes for Thabiso Monyane to hand Pirates a 1-0 lead when the pacey full-back beat goalkeeper Jody February at the near-post with a powerful spot.

The Buccaneers continued to attack and they doubled their lead in the 36th minute when Relebohile Ratomo netted from close range to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

Monnapule Saleng, who provided the assist for Ratomo’s goal, grabbed a goal in the 40th minute after being sent through on goal and Pirates were leading 3-0 at half-time.

The Soweto giants continued to pile pressure on Usuthu after the restart and coach Jose Riveiro introduced attack-minded Kabelo Dlamini in the 77th minute.

Dlamini netted from close range to seal Pirates’ 4-0 victory with 10 minutes left on the clock when he turned home Terrence Dzvukamanja’s low cross

AmaZulu (0) 0
Pirates (3) 4 (Monyane 5′, Ratomo 36′, Saleng 40′, Dlamini 80′)

AmaZulu: February, Gumede, Mabiliso, Mphahlele, Mobara, Malepe, Brooks (Kunene 57′), Maluleka (Buchanan 57′), Ntuli (Shange 86′), Ekstein (Sikhakhane 46′), Zuma (Majoro 46′).

Chaine, Sibisi, Mthethwa, Mako (Maela 62′), Monyane, Makhaula (Timm 46′), Ndlondlo, Ratomo, Saleng (Dlamini 77′), Dzvukamanja (Marou 85′), Erasmus (Lorch 63′)