Usuthu rally to hold Downs in four-goal thriller

AmaZulu scores equaliser taking the score to 2 - 2 during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 game between AmaZulu and Mamelodi Sundowns at Princess Magogo Stadium on 3 May 2023 Β© Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC drew 2-2 with champions Mamelodi Sundowns in a DStv Premiership match at Princess Magogo Stadium on Wednesday night.

Therefore, Usuthu are now placed 11th on the league standings and they will be keen to bounce back to winning ways when they face Lamontville Golden Arrows away on May 13.

Usuthu were the better side in the opening stages as they moved the ball around in Masandawana’s half while looking for an opening in the Tshwane giants’ defence.

However, the deadlock was broken by the visitors four minutes before the half-hour mark when Rally Bwalya pressed and he gave away possession in his own half.

Gaston Sirino quickly set-up Bongani Zungu who beat goalkeeper Jody February with a hard and low shot to make it 1-0 to Sundowns who were leading at half-time.

A more entertaining half followed as Peter Shalulile netted his 12th league goal of the season in the 58th minute to make it 2-0 to Sundowns after being set-up by Lebohang Maboe.

However, the hosts responded by exerting pressure on Masandawana and they pulled one back when Ramahlwe Mphahlele netted to make it 2-1 in the 65th minute.

The comeback was completed in the 83rd minute when Junior Sere Dion netted with a thumping shot and AmaZulu striker’s goal ensured that the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

AmaZulu (0) 2 (Mphahlele 65′, Dion 83′)
Sundowns (1) 2 (Zungu 26′, Shalulile 58′)

AmaZulu: February, Sikhakhane, Hanamub, Mphahlele, Mobara, Malepe, Bwalya (Buchanan 65′), Maluleka, Ntuli (Kwem 65′), Brooks, Zuma (Dion 46′).

Sundowns: Williams, Maboe (Mudau 77′), Mashego (Modiba 77′), De Reuck, Lebusa, Zungu, Nkosi, Domingo (Coetzee 72′), Zwane (Ralani 63′), Sirino, Shalulile (Kutumela 63′).