PSL

Ndulula strike haunts Bucs

2013-08-08 21:45
Bongani Ndulula (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - A strike from former Buccaneer, Bongani Ndulula, was enough to give AmaZulu their first away win over Orlando Pirates in 20 years as they won 1-0 in their opening match of the 2013/14 PSL season at FNB Stadium on Thursday night.
 
The first chance of the match fell to new signing Kermit Erasmus, who pulled a shot that was goal bound from a distance forcing Aubrey Mathibe to make a save in only the third minute of the match.
 
With the home team pressing tirelessly, an unmarked Happy Jele should have headed home on the 13th minute after a teasing cross from William Thwala from the right flank, but he failed to convert.
 
Another disappointing finish followed around the half hour mark as he saw his effort going over the bar.

AmaZulu soon launched an attack and they punished Pirates at the other end.
 
With Bucs going forward in numbers, Usuthu got a chance to break them and Ndulula danced past two Pirates defenders with ease before a stunning finish.
 
Bucs could have levelled two minutes before half time as Erasmus saw his effort going slightly off the target after a Sifiso Myeni free kick.
 
After Pirates’ early dominance, AmaZulu slowly settled into the game but their neat passing was fruitless as they struggled to break down Pirates.
 
In the second half Erasmus kept trying with his close range efforts but they were not good enough to beat the AmaZulu goalkeeper.
 
With 25 minutes to play another chance went begging for Pirates when the ball fell kindly for Matlaba’s legs at the edge of the box, but he pulled his shot across the face of the goal.
 
Towards the end of the match Andile Jali had a chance inside the box, but failed to equalise with the goalkeeper to beat as he skewed the ball over the bar.
 
The last chance fell to Matlaba, but it wasn’t to be as he was denied by Mathibe, who put in a Man of the Match performance.

Scores:
Orlando Pirates
- 0
AmaZulu - 1 (Ndulula 31’)
 
Teams:
Pirates:
Meyiwa, Mahamutsa, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba, Twala (Malongoane 72’), Manyisa, Jali, Myeni (Mabena 86’), Mbesuma (Bacela 68’), Erasmus
AmaZulu: Mathibe, Mwedihanga, Teyise, Mvalo, Van Heerden, Madondo, Madubanya, Manqana, Zondi (A Dlamini 58’), G Dlamini (Mthiyane 70’), Ndulula (Ngcobo 80‘)

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
28 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
16 April 2014
Free State Stars v University of Pretoria, Charles Mopeli Stadium 18:00
Wits v Moroka Swallows, Bidvest Stadium 19:30
Golden Arrows v Bloemfontein Celtic, King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Black Aces, Loftus Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Kaizer Chiefs, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Platinum Stars v AmaZulu, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:30
18 April 2014
Maritzburg United v Ajax Cape Town, Harry Gwala Stadium 18:00
19 April 2014
SuperSport United v Wits, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Platinum Stars v Golden Arrows, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 15:00
Moroka Swallows v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dobsonville Stadium 18:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Which team will walk away winners of the 2013/14 Absa Premiership title?

 
 
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.