Result: AmaZulu 2-1 Stellenbosch
Date: 29 January 2021
Venue: Jonsson Kings Park Stadium
AmaZulu registered back-to-back DStv Premiership wins for the the first time this season after edging Stellenbosch FC 2-1 on Friday evening.
Usuthu head coach Benni McCarthy made only one change, as Thembela Sikhakhane started ahead of Sandile Khumalo while Stellies were boosted by the return of Granwald Scott and Jaysen Adams.
Ashley Du Preez had the first real chance to give the visitors the lead in the seventh minute after finding space on the left side of the box but looping shot was saved by goalkeeper Veli Mothwa.
Marc Van Heerden eventually broke the deadlock for Steve Barker's charges just before the half-hour mark with a close-range tap-in from Stanley Dimgba's cross.
Bongi Ntuli got the equaliser just before the break with of a strike into the bottom he was teed up by Lehlohonolo Majoro for his second league goal of the season.
McCarthy's double change just after break, Augustine Mulenga and Siphelele Mthembu- had an immediate impact as Majoro profited from the latter's pass to give Usuthu the lead barely a minute into the second stanza, with a close-range strike at the second time of asking.
The game opened up after that, with the Western Cape side desperate for the equaliser as Leletu Skelem came close to restoring matters in the last quarter of an hour but Mothwa was on hand to make the save.
Barker's troops had the momentum in the closing stages, with AmaZulu defending deep but they could not threaten Mothwa as McCarthy's men held on to win back-to-back games for the first time this season and leapfrogged Kaizer Chiefs into seventh on the log.
Here's how they started:
AmaZulu: 44. Mothwa, 5. Sikhakhane, 29. Mabiliso, 17. Gumede, 27. Xoki, 8. Makhaula, 10. Sithebe, 23. Mlambo, 15. Memela, 20. Majoro, 7. Ntuli.
Subs: 28. Mbatha, 24. Masilela, 25. Mzava, 22. Khumalo, 6. Ncube, 11. Magubane, 30. Mulenga, 34. Maduna, 9. Mthembu.
Stellenbosch: 35. Langeveldt, 8. Van Heerden, 16. Johannes, 20. Robertson, 5. Mthethwa, 7. Van Rooyen, 18. Nange, 12. Scott, Du Preez, 13. Dimgba, 23. Adams.
Subs: 1. Stephens, 22. Skelem, 29. Moon, 4. De Goede, 3. Brenner, 14. Msengi, 24. Macheke.
Scroll through the images below to see Benni's unveiling: