Usuthu finish second in KZN Premier’s Cup

Augustine Kwem of AmaZulu celebrates during 2022 KZN Premiers Cup Final match between Royal AM and AmaZulu at Harry Gwala Stadium on the 31 July 2022 Β© Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC finished second in the 2022 KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s Cup after being narrowly defeated by Royal AM in the final on Sunday.

Usuthu had overcome Lamontville Golden Arrows in the semi-finals of the pre-season one-day tournament at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

The KwaZulu-Natal giants claimed a 5-4 victory over Abafana Bes’thende on penalties following a 0-0 draw in an entertaining encounter.

Brandon Truter’s side then took on Royal AM who had claimed a 4-2 win over Motsepe Foundation Championship side Uthongathi FC after a 2-2 draw in the other semi-final clash.

Samuel Manganyi opened the scoring just before half-time when he beat goalkeeper Jean-Noel Amonome and Thwihli Thwahla were leading 1-0 at half-time.

However, Usuthu fought back after the restart and they hit the back of the net through Augustine Chidi Kwem to make it 1-1 with 21 minutes left on the clock.

However, Ruzaigh Gamildien snatched a late winning goal for Royal AM who emerged as 2-1 winners – clinching the KZN Premier’s Cup for the first time.

AmaZulu XI vs Arrows: Mothwa, Mukumela, Hanamub, Gumede, Khumalo, Malepe, Maluleka, Magaqa, Bwalya, Maduna, Majoro.

Substitutes: Amonome, Mphahlele, Kunene, Sikhakhane, Buchanan, Butholezwe, Zuma, Mhango, Ntuli.

AmaZulu XI vs Royal AM: Amonome, Sikhakhane, Mphahlele, Zulu, Kunene, Ceesay, Ncube, Buchanan, Mhango, Zuma, Ntuli.

Substitutes: Mothwa, Mahashe, Mgwazela, Hanamub, Malepe, Maluleka, Ndlovu, Kwem.