Goals from Musa Nyatama and Thabo Qalinge saw Orlando Pirates claim a 2-1 win more than AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.
The result sees the Buccaneers continue to be in Absa Premiership title competition, as they shut to inside of 3 points of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns (who have a game in hand), even though Usuthu continues to be in tenth place on the log.
AmaZulu began strongly and claimed the lead in the eleventh minute: a fast counter-attack saw Ovidy Karuru run no cost down the proper flank right before giving a great small cross for Mabhuti Khenyeza to convert the ball home at the far post, 1-.
The team in eco-friendly were then ready to allow for Pirates the vast majority of possession, but they remained an excellent risk on the split, with the knowledge of Siyabonga Nomvethe and Khenyeza combining very well with the pace and vitality of Mhlengi Cele and Karuru.
The Buccaneers took an even though to get well from AmaZulu’s aggressive start, but in the 33rd minute, they drew level at 1-1, with Musa Nyatama’s glancing header from Luvoyo Memela’s no cost kick obtaining the far better of goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha.
Pirates endured an injury blow towards the top of the 1st 50 percent when Thembinkosi Lorch took an awkward drop and appeared to undergo a shoulder injury, necessitating the introduction of Augustine Mulenga at the start of the 2nd stanza.
The visitors appeared the likelier scorers right after the restart and AmaZulu goalkeeper Mbatha experienced quite a few heart-in-mouth moments wherever he wandered off his line to give Pirates hope of a 2nd goal but in some way the Usuthu defence held business.
On seventy-four minutes Mbatha pulled off an outstanding save, diving small to his proper to continue to keep out a small shot from Justin Shonga, right before AmaZulu wasted an excellent possibility, as Cele fired superior and large right after a low kick delivery glanced into his path.
AmaZulu’s courageous rearguard action lastly faltered in the eightieth minute, as a cross from the left by Harmless Maela was skipped by his teammates in the centre, but substitute Thabo Qalinge arrived late to fulfil the ball and strike a small shot into the again of the net, 2-1 to Bucs.
AmaZulu (1) 1 (Khenyeza 11’)
Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Nyatama 33’, Qalinge 80’)
AmaZulu: S. Mbatha, Sikhakhane, M. Gumede, Ouro-Akoriko, Mabiliso, Ncube, Mnguni, Cele (Manzini 83’), Karuru, Nomvethe (Ncobeni 73’), Khenyeza (Morton 68’)
Pirates: Mpontshane, Thopola, Jele, Shitolo, Maela, Mlambo, Nyatama, Lorch (Mulenga 46’), Makola (Qalinge 61’), Memela (Munetsi 83’), Shonga