Durban - First-half goals from Lerato Lamola and Frank Mhango set Bloemfontein
Celtic on their way to a first win of the Premiership season as they
eased AmaZulu 2-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Wednesday.
Lamola capitalised on a poor back pass from Marc van Heerden to open
the scoring after 17 minutes, before fellow-frontman Frank Mhango lashed
in a second 10 minutes later to send Siwelele into the top eight.
Meanwhile, Usuthu dropped to the bottom of the table without a victory from their opening four games.
The match was a cagey affair early on, disrupted several times as players seemed to easily go to ground.
was hardly a surprise when the first chance came from a miscued
clearance by Musa Bilankulu, but there was still plenty to do for
Goodman Dlamini, whose shot was straight at Patrick Tignyemb.
There was an even bigger error to follow at the other end when Celtic took the lead after 17 minutes.
poor attempted back pass by Van Heerden was easily intercepted by
Lamola, who rounded the helpless Tapuwa Kapini and rolled the ball into
an empty net.
The lead was doubled 10 minutes later after more
lackadaisical play in the Usuthu midfield saw Musa Nyatama intercept the
ball and play in Mhango with the Malawian unleashing a powerful finish
from inside the box.
AmaZulu finally managed to conjure up a decent response after 37 minutes when Khulekani Madondo slipped in Bongani Ndulula.
stinging low effort from inside the box forced Tignyemb to palm away
with the rebound shot from Philani Shange comfortably caught by the
It remained 2-0 at the break, and 20 minutes into
the second half it should have been 3-0 when Sadate Ouro-Akoriko and
Carlington Nyadombo seemed to get into each others' way.
coach Craig Rosslee then threw on new striker Bornwell Mwape for his
debut, but the Zambian failed to take his first chance -- a free shot
from the left after he was played in by Van Heerden as Tignyemb easily
Mogorosi had another good chance before the end when he
curled over, but it mattered little as Ernst Middendorp's men eased to