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Gumede sends Usuthu into top eight

2018-05-12 19:28
Mbongeni Gumede (Gallo Images)

Durban - AmaZulu completed a dream season when they secured a 1-0 win over Cape Town City at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday to ensure they finished in the top eight.

Mbongeni Gumede scored the only goal of the game after 63 minutes when he met a free-kick by substitute Jabulani Ncobeni at the near post.

For the visitors, Surprise Ralani missed a gilt-edge chance just after half-time when he was put clean through on goal, but failed to test Siyabonga Mbatha.

In the end the result, coupled by others on the final day, was good enough to propel Usuthu into eighth place. City, who had already secured their top-half finish before kick-off, came in fifth.

The first 45 minutes were fairly dull affair in Durban as both teams looked like they were already on holiday.

Ralani had two half-chances but fluffed them for the Citizens, while Matthew Rusike and Thami Mkhize combined brilliantly down the right with the cross from the latter found his team-mates lazily attacking as the chance went begging.

That proved to be the best opening, while a half-chance for Mhlengi Cele was also wastefully hit off target before the interval.

There was one more effort for City in the 42nd minute when Rusike was put through on goal, but a nasty bounce prevented the Zimbabwean from getting his shot away.

After the restart, Ralani had the best chance of the game when Mkhize's fine through-ball put him in one-on-one, but the youngster failed to trouble Mbatha in the Usuthu goal.

Then came the goal from nowhere as Cavin Johnson's side took the lead. A free-kick to the near post by Ncobeni was met powerfully by the head of Gumede. It was enough to seal victory and eighth place for the hosts.

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