Usuthu stars in AFCON qualifiers

Gabon goalkeeper Jean Noel Amonome

AmaZulu FC goalkeeper Jean-Noel Amonome was in action in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier over the weekend.

The Gabon international produced an eye-catching performance as the Panthers secured a 1-0 win over DR Congo in a Group I match on Saturday.

Amonome frustrated the Congolese attackers with goalkeeping heroics in a match which was played at the Stade des Martyrs de la PentecΓ΄te in Kinshasa.

Therefore, the Panthers started their Group I campaign with a victory and they will now take on Mauritania at the Stade de Franceville in Franceville on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old shot-stopper’s AmaZulu teammate Veli Mothwa has travelled to Morocco with the South African squad which is under the guidance of coach Hugo Broos.

Bafana Bafana are scheduled to battle it out with Morocco in their opening Group K match at the Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah in Rabat on Thursday.

Mothwa’s last appearance for Bafana was against Guinea in an international friendly match which ended in a 0-0 draw at the Guldensporenstadion in Belgium on March 25.

The 31-year-old, who was nominated for the 2021-22 DStv Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season award, has kept six clean sheets in as many caps for South Africa.