Cape Town - Two
wasted opportunities by Bongani Ndulula towards the end of the second half gave
Maritzburg United a 2-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Moses Mabhida
a result, Usuth finished bottom of the Absa Premiership and were relegated to
the National First Division.
early as the eight minute of the match Deolin Mekoa gave Maritzburg United an
early lead with a powerful ground shot which saw his team leading by 1-0.
minutes later Bongi Ntuli did try to find a goal for AmaZulu, but Shuaib
Walters was quick to react to his right and make a stop on the striker’s shot.
the 31st minute Usuthu had an opportunity to equalise but
Ouro-Akoriko wasted Van Heerden’s set piece as he headed wide. This saw
Maritzburg going to the half time leading by 1-0.
after the half time Ntuli’s shot missed the target an inch away from the far
the 73rd minute Nyongo found an equalizer for Usuthu with a header from Van
Heerden’s set piece. Four
minutes later Van Heerden delivered another set piece but this time it went
over the cross bar.
the 79th minute Ndulula failed to chip the ball inside the net
unmarked and that could have given Usuthu a lead.
pulled a shot but Walters managed to dive and make a good save. Mekoa
also came back to search for a goal but Murambadoro managed to hold on it in
the 84th minute.
the last two minutes of the match Mabaso supplied a cross and Mokate made no
mistake and found the back of the net for Maritzburg United.
saw AmaZulu being directly relegated from the Absa Premiership.
United (1) 2 (Mekoa 7’, Mokate 88’)
(0) 1 (Nyongo 73’)
Murambadoro, Johannes (Shabalala 46’), Ouro-Akoriko, Mabizela, Nyongo, Van
Heerden, Hlanti (Ndulula 63’), Arwuah, G Dlamini, Ntuli, Mwape (A Dlamini 67’)
Walters, Mngonyama, Pantsil, De Jong, Awal (Mokate 56’), Cele (Sekotlong 64’),
Mekoa, Mkhize, Vilakazi, P Zulu, Van Wyk (Mabaso 59’)