Absa Premiership

AmaZulu give survival hopes a boost

2015-04-04 17:13
Mbulelo Mabizela (Gallo Images)

Durban - Veteran defender Mbulelo Mabizela scored his fourth goal in seven games as the Premiership's bottom club AmaZulu closed to within two points of Free State Stars with a 1-0 win in their relegation showdown in Durban on Saturday.

The decisive strike came after 55 minutes when the ex-Bafana Bafana captain fired in from close range to seal the points and ensure Usuthu are still alive in the battle for survival.

There was little in terms of goal-mouth action during the opening quarter of the game, despite no shortage or effort from both sets of players.

Bongani Ndulula should have done better midway through the half when he delayed pulling the trigger on the edge of the box and was closed down by the visiting defence, while Katlego Mashego sent a free-kick just over on the half-hour mark.

The game finally sprung to life after 33 minutes when Bornwell Mwape flicked the ball into the path of Goodman Dlamini, whose powerful 18-yard drive was somehow kept out by a goalkeeper Johnny Mathole diving to his left.

Sadate Ouro-Akoriko then wasted a good chance by skewing his shot over from eight yards on the right.

And before the break, a third glorious chance went begging when Mwape lost his marker on the left and drilled across the face of goal where Ndulula arrived too late to finish.

Ten minutes after the restart and Usuthu were ahead. The goal came when Ndulula's header from a Marc van Heerden corner was cleared on the line, with Mabizela in the right place to thump in.

Ea Lla Koto should have levelled with 17 minutes to play, but Danny Venter chose to pass rather than shoot from six yards after some slick passing cut the home defence apart in the build-up. The ball ended up trickling wide and Stars slipping to defeat.

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