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Official: AmaZulu Secure Champions League Spot

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Result: AmaZulu 1-0 Swallows

Date: 02 June 2021

Venue: Jonsson Kings Park Stadium

AmaZulu will be playing in the CAF Champions League next season after securing a 1-0 win over Swallows on Wednesday night.

Swallows coach Brandon Trruter made one change from the draw with Mamelodi Sundowns as Thabo Matlaba repalced Sifsio Hlanti at left-back.

Usuthu, meanwhile, started with Siphelele Mthembu up top while there were also starts or Talent Chawapihwa and Zukile Kewuti as they looked to cement second spot.

The game got off to a relatively slow start as both sides looked to feel each other out in the opening 15 minutes of the first half.

The first-half display should have come as no surprise as Benni McCarthy's men had failed to score in their last two outings while Swallows drew their last seven encounters.

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That proved to be the trend for the remainder of the half as the sides entered the interval scoreless, despite Usuthu's late dominance.

As a result, McCarthy opted for the first change at the start of the period as the injured Mthembu made way for Lehlohonolo Majoro.

The hosts were awarded a penalty moments later for a handball in the box, which allowed Tapelo Xoki to convert for the opening goal.

Augstine Mulenga nearly added a second goal for the hosts on 75 minutes but he was unable to turn home a cross in the box, with his side shot heading wide of the crossbar.

Nevertheless, Xoki's solitary strike was enough to secure three points and a second-place finish this season.

Here's how they started:

AmaZulu: 44. Mothwa, 5. Sikhakhane, 29. Mabiliso, 27. Xoki, 17. Gumede, 23. Mlambo, 46. Kewuti, 10. Sithebe, 19. Chawapihwa, 47. Qalinge, 9. Mthembu.

Subs: 43. Boshoff, 25. Mzava, 39. Mgwazela, 24. Masilela, 34. Maduna, 6. Ncube, 30. Mulenga, 14. De Jong, 20. Majoro.

Swallows: 50. Tshabalala, 8. Mere, 38. Sait, 4. Ngcobo, 27. Matlaba, 14. Thibedi, 15. Nyatama, 9. Mokoena, 28. Sekgota, 11. Mbokoma, 12. Gamildien.

Subs: 17. Ngobeni, 2. Sibiya, 33. Khupe, 29. Ritchie, 24. Basadien, 18. Mzwakali, 26. Malinga, 10. Senwamadi, 3. Mahlatsi.

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