AmaZulu made a statement of their intent when they beat NFD log leaders Cape Town All Stars 2-0 in the Mother City on Sunday.
A cold, wet and windy Athlone Stadium was always going to provide a stiff test of Usuthu’s credentials, the KZN side showing that they have the heart for the fight as they ground out the victory in tough away conditions.
After a goal-less first half which saw Igugu LeKapa keeper Kyle Peters the busier of the two shot stoppers, Usuthu took the lead through Nkanyiso Zungu’s 65th minute left footed shot from range, following an assist by Dylan Stoffels.
The victory was wrapped up five minutes from time through a Goodman Dlamini goal as the Durban side moved to 15 points, seven behind pace-setting All Stars, who are one point in front of Baroka FC.
In another NFD match in the Cape, Milano United were able to grind out a 1-0 derby victory away to Vasco da Gama. The only goal of the match at Parow Park came in the 72nd minute and was scored by former Platinum Stars midfielder Coldrin Coetzee.
Up in Mpumalanga, Mbombela United got back to winning ways after a 1-0 midweek loss to African Warriors as they recorded a 2-1 win over struggling FC Cape Town.
Netting for the home side at the Kanyamazane Stadium were Siyathemba Mnguni and Sifiso Thomo, while Bafana Kali scored for the African Beasts. The result takes Mbombela to within two points of the play-off zone.
Baroka FC 6 – 0 African Warriors
Royal Eagles 3 – 0 Witbank Spurs
Highlands Parks 2 – 0 Mthatha Bucks
Santos 2 – 1 Black Leopards
Thanda Royal Zulu 2 – 2 Moroka Swallows
Cape Town All Stars 0 – 2 AmaZulu
Mbombela United 2 – 1 FC Cape Town
Vasco Da Gama 0 – 1 Milano United
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