AMAZULU COME UNSTUCK AGAINST CELTIC
By: Bhekumndeni Kunene
Two defensive mistakes gave Bloemfontein Celtic a 2- away win against AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Playing their second match at home, Craig Rosslee’s side started brightly with Bongani Ndulula causing the Celtic defence all sorts of problems. Much against the run of play, it was Celtic who took the lead in the 14th minute.
An unnecessary back pass by Marc van Heerden was intercepted by Lerato Lamola and he needed no second invitation to slot the ball past Tapuwa Kapini for the opener.
The home team continued to press forward with Philani Shange and Ndulula taking shots at goal. It was a case of déjà vu for the home team when another defensive mistake gave Celtic a two-goal lead in the 26th minute.
Captain Carlington Nyadombo’s poor clearance bounced off Gabadinho Mhango and he was through on goal to score his side’s second goal.
Ndulula could have pulled one back for Usuthu in the 38th minute when he was played through on goal by Philani Shange. With only Patrick Tignyemb to beat, his shot was saved by the keeper. Four minutes later, Shange had his penalty appeal waved away by the referee after a collision with Limbikani Mzava in the box.
The second half started with a substitution for the home team when Khulekani Madondo was replaced by John Arwuah. The home teams’ attack tried to penetrate through Shange but there was no bridging the resolute Celtic defense.
Ruzaigh Gamildien was brought on for Nhlanhla Shabalala late in the second half but he had too little time to make an impact. There was to be no more goals as Masokolara claimed all three points.
Celtic coach Ernst Middendorp said that he was happy with the win.
“We were a bit more mature, a bit more experienced and in the second half we were happy with the two goals. There were other chances that we did not take; there is a long way to go this early in the season,” he added.
AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee was very disappointed with the way his team defended on the night and how they failed to get back in the game after going down.
“We started well, exactly the way we wanted. We all saw it, it was a terrible mistake. A full back playing to the centreback, centreback to centreback and it went from one mistake to the other and obviously the goal,” he said.