Cape Town -
United returned to winning ways in the Absa Premiership at the start of the
year as they beat Amazulu 2-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.
A second-half brace from debutant Linda Mntambo saw the Chilli Boys register only their second away victory off the season.
Paseko Mako made two goal line clearances to ensure a clean sheet for
the visitors and maintain their undefeated record against Usuthu.
The first threat at goal came from the hosts in the 17th minute when
Sbusiso Mabiliso got to the byline before his pullback was poorly dealt
with by Mako which allowed the ball to fall for Siduduzo Dlamini, who
saw his left-footed volley cannon off the woodwork.
Neat interplay in midfield from Kurt Lentjies and Mntambo saw
the latter poke a ball through for Zaphania Mbokoma to run onto only for
Usuthu goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro to sense the danger and mop up the
Just past the half-hour mark, Cavin Johnson's side found joy through
Butholezwe Ncube, who delivered a dangerous ball into the box, but pressure from Ayabulela Konqobe ensured Ovidy Karuru
to put his header over the bar.
The Chilli Boys took the lead six minutes after the restart.
effervescent Mntambo lashed the ball home with the outside of his foot
after he was well picked out on the edge of the box by Mako.
Five minutes later following a shot from Rhulani Manzini the ball
fell to Mhlengi Cele, who had the beating of Brighton Mhlongo, but was
denied by Mako.
The visitors doubled their advantage in the 62nd minute. A quick
one-two on the edge of the area between Mxolisi Macuphu and Mntambo
allowed the debutant to slot home from close range and complete his
Amazulu were unlucky not to have found a way back into the contest in
the 72nd minute. Tapelo Nyongo was set up by Cele but his captain could
only strike the bar from six yards out.
The win sees Tebogo Moloi's side move into the top eight in seventh
position, while Usuthu remain 13th with just three wins this term.