AMAZULU BACK ON A WINNING PATH
By: Siyanda Ndlovu
Amazulu recorded their first home victory after defeating Moroka Swallows 1-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
An early goal from striker Bongani Ndulula ensured that the Durban side gets maximum points. Craig Rossle’s boys demonstrated confidence and composure on the ball, creating scoring opportunities. Just two minutes of the kick off, Ayanda Dlamini connected with Ndulula, playing a square ball but the striker took a low lying short wide.
Swallows had their fortunes turned around as they got their first opportunity of the match on the 13th minute, after a sloppy defense from Usuthu but Edward Manqele curled the ball wide. Ndulula once again was found by teammate Nkosinathi Mthiyane on the 22nd minute after the winger’s beautiful run past right back Mokgothu Levi before playing a cross that found unmarked Ndulula who just swept it home and put the home side in front.
Usuthu was on the mission to extend the lead when defender Mohamed Awal played a beautiful drop ball from his half that found Ndulula unmarked but the striker again failed to double the score as he just chipped the ball far wide. The visitors tried to turn things around, making great moves but keeper Tapuwa Kapini denied Manqele a goal parrying the ball to Lefa Tsutsulupa but the midfielder just bounced the ball over the bar
In the second half, both teams were quiet with none showing or creating a better opportunities. The Dube Birds tried to take charge of the game on the 89th minute when Lerato Shabangu took an in swinger corner kick that was parried over by Kapini.
Rossle was pleased with the performance his team showed. “Last season Moses Mabhida Stadium proved to be our good happy hunting ground and was mostly the venue where we turned our corner from a horrendous season that we had,” he said.
Although Swallows lost three points, but coach Zerqa Marques still believes they palyed good football especially in the second half. “Tonight on points we should have won it, I thought purely the second half we outplayed Amazulu we controlled the game, we put Amazulu down. Overall I’m not disappointed, I’m very happy with our performance.”