The rookie Cape NFD side defeated PSL opponents Polokwane City in the previous round and now they’ve caused yet another major surprise by upsetting another top-flight team in AmaZulu.
Ubuntu got into it right from the start, determined not to be intimidated by the occasion or the fact that they were playing higher division opponents. By the seventh minute, they had taken a 1-0 lead when, after a good build-up, Clint Fredericks headed the ball into the net.
The Cape side kept their shape well, never really allowing AmaZulu to get into any sort of rhythm. And, in the 26th minute, it was 2-0 when 19-year-old Duncan Adonis, on loan to Ubuntu from Cape Town City, was set free and he finished with aplomb.
While AmaZulu perhaps saw more of the ball in the opening 45 minutes, they couldn’t really break down the superb structure with which Ubuntu played, and they were continually frustrated by the Cape side’s defensive discipline.
Ubuntu made it 3-0 three minutes into the second half – and this time it was another teenager, 19-year-old Kamohelo Mahlatsi, on loan from SuperSport United, who got the goal.
In a bid to spark things, AmaZulu brought on experienced striker Mabhuti Khenyeza in place of Rhulani Manzini.
The Durban team proceeded to pile the pressure on Ubuntu as, finally, they realised how badly they had let themselves down in the first half. In the 76th minute, they pulled one back and it was the substitute Khenyeza who finished brilliantly with a header.
Soon after, Usuthu hit the woodwork twice as they dominated the closing stages of the encounter. The Durban side then made it 3-2 when Ovidy Karuru finished with a powerful header in the 89th minute.
In the end, though, much as AmaZulu tried, it was all too little late, and Ubuntu hung on for the victory.
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