Usuthu fall short against Galaxy in away trip

General Views during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 game between TS Galaxy and AmaZulu at Mbombela Stadium on 30 March 2024 ©Jana Kotze/BackpagePix

AmaZulu were defeated 2-0 in an away game against TS Galaxy in the DStv Premiership at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday evening.

Usuthu started off the match on a promising note and were troublesome for the Rockets’ defense, however the opposition eventually found their footing 20 minutes into the match. Long range attempts from Riaan Hanamub, Augustine Mulenga and Victor Letsoalo came in the first half, but none of them were on target.

Galaxy started to look more dangerous throughout the first half as Mpho Mvelase seemed to be a challenge for the Usuthu backline. One of the attacker’s attempts required Veli Mothwa to come off his line to keep the danger at bay. The first 45 minutes ended goalless.

The second half saw AmaZulu move more confidently on the ball in terms of going forward and the team picked up momentum. Unfortunately, this was halted by the opponents opening the scoring in the 54th minute, as Thato Khiba’s effort was enough to beat Mothwa in goal.

The KZN team showed grit and determination throughout the match but Rockets goalkeeper Fiacre Ntwari was highly alert and in good form, denying Usuthu a chance at finding the back of the net.

Galaxy would score again in the 74th minute through Samir Nurkovic and this would be the final blow for Usuthu as their opponents doubled their lead. The fight continued but the team did not manage to score, leading to the home team walking away with the win.

TS Galaxy (0) 2 (Khiba 54’, Nurkovic 74’)

AmaZulu (0) 0

TS Galaxy: F. Ntwari, M. Munyai, M. Mahlangu, P. Sanoka, S. Kabini, T. Khiba, M. Mvelase, P. Dithejane (N. Radebe 75’), O. Mongae (L. Mojela 63’), S. Mahlangu (L. Seema), S. Nurkovic (Mbunjana 75’)

AmaZulu: V. Mothwa, R. Hanamub, T. Fielies, W. Jooste (J. Dion 62’), M. Gumede, T. Sikhakhane, E. Brooks (G. Maluleka 78’), V. Motshwari, A. Mulenga (M. Mbanjwa 46’), H. Ekstein (T. Moremi 78’), V. Letsoalo (A. Chidi Kwem 78’)