Usuthu fall short against Cape Town Spurs

Abbubaker Mobara of AmaZulu FC celebrates his goal during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 football match between Cape Town Spurs and AmaZulu at Athlone Stadium on 17 February 2024 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

AmaZulu were beaten 3-1 by Cape Town Spurs in the DStv Premiership on Saturday evening at the Athlone Stadium. The loss for Usuthu means that the team moves down one place on the log, to ninth. 

The fixture was the first match for the KZN side since the break due to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament hosted in Ivory Coast.

The first goal in the match came from the opposition in the 15th minute, through Chumani Butsaka. Usuthu would equalise in the 31st minute through Abbubaker Mobara, but it unfortunately would be the solitary goal from the visitors. 

Olwethu Mzimela showed brilliance by saving a penalty in the 39th minute and both teams went into half time with a 1-1 scoreline. Cape Town Spurs’ Ashley Cupido was on form and scored two goals in the second half as a substitute, with the match ultimately ending 3-1 in favour of the home team.

Despite holding more possession and having better passing accuracy than their opponents, Usuthu ultimately lost the match due to not finishing the chances they had.

Cape Town Spurs 3 (1) (Butsaka 15’, Cupido 55’ 84’) 

AmaZulu 1 (1)  (Mobara 31’) 

Cape Town Spurs: N. Boshoff, S. Nkwali, R. De Goede, L. Haukongo (R. Dortley 90′), G. Michael, K. Maphathe (M. Morton 46’), C. Butsaka, (B. Ralani 80’) L. Bern, A. Velebayi (J. Moroole 69’), L. Phewa, B. Radiopane (A. Cupido 46’) 

AmaZulu: O. Mzimela, S. Ngobeni (A. Mulenga 69’), T. Fielies, R. Mphahlele (G. Maluleka 90′), A. Mobara, W. Jooste (V. Letsoalo 90′), M. Mbanjwa, B. Motshwari (T. Moremi 69’), C. Ngema, A. Chidi Kwem, H. Ekstein