Durban - AmaZulu’s hopes
of ending 2014 with a second Absa Premiership victory of the season were dashed
by Moroka Swallows, who won 2-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday
from Siyabonga Nomvethe and Larry Cohen saw the Birds recover from Usuthu’s
early lead, established by Bongani Ndulula in the opening minutes of the
After a couple of
early half chances for both sides, it was AmaZulu who opened the scoring in the
11th minute through Bongani Ndulula. Sifiso Hlanti provided a great
cross from the left and the Bafana Bafana striker headed home to make it 1-0.
The Durban side
went on to enjoy the better of the rest of the first half, but they were unable
to put a second goal past Swallows ‘keeper Greg Etafia.
At the other end
of the field, Usuthu gloves-man Aubrey Mathibe was generally untroubled, though
the likes of Lerato Chabangu and Vuyisile Wana provided some sporadic threats
for the visiting side.
The Birds made a
change at the start of the second half, replacing Chabangu with striker
Siyabonga Nomvethe, and the veteran made an immediate impact. Latching onto an
assist by Felix Obada, Nomvethe beat Mathibe to make it 1-1 within a minute of
with a double change from coach Steve Barker, sending on Khulekani Madondo and
Nkosinathi Mthiyane. The duo helped the home side enjoy ascendancy in the
middle of the park and look the likelier scorers.
grabbed his second goal of the game in the 63rd minute, but his
right-footed shot was parried away by Etafia.
were hit by a sucker punch of a goal in the 86th minute when Dikgang
Mabalane’s cross was headed home by defender Larry Cohen to put the Birds 2-1
That goal proved
to be the difference between the teams. The Soweto side move up to 11th
on the log on 19 points, while AmaZulu remain bottom of the standings with nine
Mwedihanga, Ouro-Akoriko, Nyadombo, Hlanti, Shange (Madondo 54’), Shabalala
(Mthiyane 53’), G. Dlamini, Liphoko (Smith 76’), A. Dlamini, Ndulula
Savic, Isaacs, Cohen, Lekgothoane, Mabalane, Phalane, Baloyi (Yende 64’),
Chabangu (Nomvethe 46’), Obada, Wana