AMAZULU DEFEAT SOWETO GIANTS
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
Bongani Ndulula helped Amazulu to maintain their unbeaten record against Orlando Pirates since 2010 with his goal in the first half at the FNB stadium on Thursday.
Usuthu ended the last campaign on position 12 and started the new one with a high note. Although they created one chance in the game, but they did manage to play as the team-stopping dangerous attackers from the home side.
The Durban side coach, Graig Rosslee, felt that they were fortunate to get the three points against a better Bucs side.
“Pirates were by far the better side on the night and they completely dominated the match. We were lethargic; I don’t know whether our players respected Pirates too much or what. However, we took the three points. In the change room I gave the players a tongue lashing and fortunately at the end we got the three points,” he added on the Kickoff website.
The newly signed Usuthu goalkeeper, Aubrey Mathibe, brought a man-of-the-match performance denying the likes of Kermit Erasmus scoring opportunity in the first five minutes.
Former Pirates man, Ndulula, showed a great skill beating two defenders to place the ball near the post giving Senzo Meyiwa no chance to score home the first goal of the season for Amazulu in the 31st minute.
Mathibe continued doing well until the first half whistle in the 37th minute, he denied a long range effort from Collins Mbesuma.
Pirates continued to press the visitor’s defense, testing their goalkeeper but they were unlucky to get a goal.
Bucs will switch focus to the MTN8 clash against Supersport United in Orlando Stadium on Sunday.