The hosts controlled the entire match, with the visitors reduced to 10 men in the first half after veteran Mbulelo ‘OJ’ Mabizela was sent off for connecting his elbow against the jaw of Alfred Ndengane.
Phunya Sele Sele fittingly had the first real attempt of the game midway through the opening period but Musa Nyatama’s thunderous strike from just outside the area sailed wide.
Mabizela was shown a straight red card for dangerous play in the 29th minute, and the home side never looked back.
Three minutes later, Mukuka Mulenga hit the upright and Lerato Lamola capitalised off the rebound to put Celtic in front.
Surging forward immediately after the half-time break, the hosts stretched their lead when Carlington Nyadombo scored a spectacular own goal, trying to clear a cross with a diving header.
They extended their advantage again shortly before the hour mark when Robyn Johannes was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, trying to block a free kick at the end of the wall, and Lamola netted his brace from the penalty spot.
Celtic should have scored a fourth in the 67th minute but Mulenga, faced with an open goal from close range, hit the upright for the second time in the match.
Phunya Sele Sele climbed into the top half of the table, while AmaZulu’s woes were compounded as they remained rooted to the bottom half of the table, going down in their 11th defeat in 18 league matches this season.
“We just played good football as a team,” Lamola said after the game.
“Even the technical team, who encourage us to work hard, played a big role and at the end of the day we achieved three points collectively.”
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