Register Login Scores


Maritzburg Extend Unbeaten Run With KZN Derby Win

Absa Premiership

Result: Maritzburg United 1-0 AmaZulu

Date: 16 January 2020

Venue: Harry Gwala Stadium

Maritzburg United extended their unbeaten run to seven matches in the Absa Premiership after overcoming KwaZulu-Natal rivals AmaZulu on Friday evening.

View The PSL Table

The Team of Choice made three changes from their draw with Chippa United, as goalkeeper Richard Ofori returned to the line-up alongside Daniel Morgan and Thabiso Kutumela. Meanwhile, Usuthu mentor Jozef Vukusic made numerous changes that included a first start for Slovakian striker Milos Lacny and a return in goals of goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha.

Eric Tinkler's charges started at a high tempo and came close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute after Mbatha parried Gabriel Nyoni's header from a free-kick into the path of Kutumela, who fired his effort over the bar.

Kutumela eventually broke the deadlock in the 27th minute with a powerful strike  into the top corner from almost the same situation after Mbatha saved Mxolisi Kunene's initial effort.

Maritzburg thought they had bagged a seocnd goal on the stroke of half-time after Kutumela dispossessed Phumlani Gumede to go clear on goal, however the strike was disallowed for a foul on Gumede.

The early exchanges in the second stanza failed to produce the spark from the first stanza, which Vukusic make a first change in the 63rd minute after Sibusiso Magaqa picked up a knock and was replaced by Jabulani Ncobeni.

Tinkler only made his first change with 23 minutes remaining as Bandile Shandu came on for Nyoni while Vukusic raised eyebrows moments later,after taking out winger Talent Chawapiwa in favour of right-back Thembela Sikhakhane.

The Team of Choice denied AmaZulu momentum in the closing stages and managed to keep possession in the latter stages as Tinkler's mn held on for three points.

Here's how they lined up:

Maritzburg: 30. Ofori, 36. Kunene, 3. Sanoka, 12. Nyoni, 23. De Reuck, 2. Allie, 8. Buchanan, 14. Claasen, 5. Morgan, 7. Kutumela, 19. Moseamedi.

Subs: 31. Mpandle, 25. Xulu, 6. Timm, 26. Shandu, 17. Augusto, 21. Hlongwane, 11. Jappie.

AmaZulu: 28. Mbatha, 33. Darpoh, 29. Mabiliso, 17. P.Gumede, 18. Booysen, 6. Ncube, Magaqa, 10. Sithebe, 31. Lacny, 19. Chawapihwa, 7. Ntuli.

Subs: 43. Boshoff, 27. Xoki, 24. Sikhakhane, 4. Morton, 50. Vilakazi, 20. Majoro, 8. Ncobeni.


Top 5

Breaking: Chiefs Suspend Bobby!

80 Aug 04, 2020 04:09 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 South African-born Players Who Represented Other Countries

22 Jul 11, 2020 08:01 PM in African Football

10 Footballers Who Were Rich Before Football

9 Jul 24, 2020 07:16 PM in International

Bobby’s Suspension: ‘This Is A Family Issue’

51 Aug 04, 2020 07:18 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Yeye Picks Himself In Best Chiefs Team Of His Era

22 Aug 01, 2020 02:34 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Drogba Causes Stir In Ivory Coast

18 Aug 03, 2020 05:02 PM in International

Report: Juventus Beat Man Utd To EPL Star

5 Aug 02, 2020 11:31 AM in Serie A

Man Utd Unveil 2020/21 Home Kit

8 Aug 04, 2020 05:21 PM in Manchester United

Rakhale's Best Looks Alongside His Car Collection

Aug 05, 2020 10:59 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

Kekana: We Won’t Cope Without The Fans

28 Aug 04, 2020 08:41 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

‘Pirates Played Good Football When He Was Here’

6 Aug 04, 2020 02:10 PM in Orlando Pirates

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch